In the natural we see the importance of vision and I think that we talk about having a vision, but I am not sure that most people have a clear understanding of really how important it is to have a vision for your life.
Proverbs 29:18 says, " Where there is no vision, the people perish".
As Danny Silk puts it in his new book, Keep your Love On, "Only vision can give purpose to your pain, which enables you to endure it and reach your goal."
Those of us who are not Olympic atheletes or hopefuls may have a hard time understanding the work and sacrifice that many very young children and teens make for the slight chance of competing a few times in their lives at the Olympic level. It is simple... they have a goal to win a medal in their event and they have a vision of that goal... so they endure the pain.
There have been multiple times where I have asked myself:
"Why am I here?"
The answer to this question should be the vision I have set before me... for example, by about the third month I was in South Africa, things started to get more difficult. Relationships were tricky and my life was already not what I thought it was going to look like... exactly. In retrospect some of that was what was happening on the base that I didn't know about, but most of it was the normal growing pains of community (missional) life. So, to answer the question with the vision or the WHY that I sold all I had to move to Africa, helped me not pick up and move home three months after I arrived. Four years later when it was time to leave, I am thankful that I stayed right where I was until I was released, eventhough it was incredibly hard.
Another question I ask when I am presented with a choice or a directional decision for my life is:
"Does this line up with my vision?"
This one has been interesting for me because it is really God helping me to see when I can't really see because sometimes the direction that I feel called to go in DOESN'T look like it lines up on the outside. The truth is sometimes I move in that direction because I feel the Holy Spirit nudge me towards it and I am trusting that it indeed lines up with my vision.
A good example of this is my current job. While I enjoy it, I have never had the vision to work at a church or ministry school. When I ask myself if it lines up with my vision, I am not completely sure and I could walk into reasoning. However, when I am still and I wait...I hear and see how everyday of the last two years I have experienced a "pulling up" from my leaders and experiences into "my destiny", which does line up with my vision. So, I do feel like I am closer now than I ever have been to understanding my CALL of being Aaron's Hands. While I love where I am, it is only taking the time to answer these questions and then HOLD on to the answers the Lord gives me that keeps me in PEACE.
So it seems like where Proverbs 29:18 says, " Where there is no vision, the people perish", the converse can be true as well, "Where there is vision, people flourish".
I would say...I am definitely flourishing therefore I am on the right track in my pursuit.
Do you have a vision? Are you flourishing?
If not, He would love to give you one.... all you have to do is ask.