Where there is no vision, the people perish… Proverbs 29:18
Have you ever gone through a season where you felt you lost the spring in the step of what you do? Maybe you are there currently, and you’ve gotten to the point where you are praying, “God, just help me make it through today.”
I know what it’s like to go from being passionate about something, to feeling like I’m punching in and doing my time, asking God to give me the grace and strength to stand, even when everything in me feels bored, tired of my post and so wanting a bigger adventure and taller mountain to climb.
In those moments, the problem is often not our post, but our vision. Chances are it is lacking. The truth is, vision leaks.
If you have found yourself in a place where you can relate, I want to encourage you to be diligent about remembering why you are where you are, doing what you do. Think about the future you are working toward. What do you want to see accomplished in your relationships with your family and friends? How does what you do in the workplace or ministry contribute to making people’s lives better? What do you want your life to stand for?
When I find myself in the place of feeling unexcited about what I do, I go to God and ask him to show me again, tell me again, and fill my heart again with his passion for the lost, the hurting and the broken. I ask him to lead me by the Spirit and to use me. I take a step back from the tasks in front of me and scan the big picture again… and again, until I remember why I do what I do. And I spend a lot of time in prayer about it, because I recognize how important it is not to lose sight of “The Why.”
We extended the desire to live with vision to our family. We want to teach our kids to remember they were created by God to make a difference in the world. To help with this, we came up with a family mission statement. I am thinking about having it framed and hanging it on our door to remind us as we step into the world what our vision is, “ The O’Donnells live to unveil God’s love and glorify Him in our every day lives.” That statement pretty much covers it all for us – inside and outside the home.
How about you? What do you do to keep vision alive and fresh? Does your family have a mission statement? Do you personally?