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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Life Is Boring without a Vision

Today was like yesterday. Which was like so many days before it. Weeks have gone by. Even months. Routine is all that life has become. Mondays: back to work. Tuesdays: prepare reports that are due on Wednesday. Wednesdays: And so on and so on . . . .

Even church can get this way. You come and may even enjoy it. It wasn't memorable. It was church. The sermon was, well, a sermon. You endured it. You saw some friends. You went out to eat. You went home and took a nap.

Doesn't it seem like there ought to be something more than this? What is life if it has no exclamation marks? Do we just go along with society until we die? Have we fallen into graves with both ends kicked out (known better as ruts)?

Let's admit it. Life is like this without a vision. Life is merely jumping into a stream of people who will carry you wherever that stream leads if you don't have a vision. You need something that makes life worth living. You need something more than a faith that saves you but has no other affect until you die.

You can't have a vision and do whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it. The vision makes the swamp of your life into a river. It sets a goal for you to accomplish. It eliminates things that you will no longer have any time for. It consumes your life so that there is something at the end.  You will not be able to pick up a vision just when you feel like it.

Vision has more to do with who you are that what you will do. Your vision will define who you are. Who you are will define your vision. The vision must be greater than you think you can accomplish or it will be limited by who you are. It must contain faith.

Vision must come from beyond ourselves. It takes into account all that we are but it must come from somewhere else. It must be seen before we can see it with our eyes. It must exist inside before it can exist outside.

Vision is not stopped with hardship. It is not stopped by discouragement. Vision is followed. It is never pushed. It doesn't push well.

The real issue is that you need a vision from God. You need to ask Him to give you something that will make your life exciting. You need Him to give you something that will challenge you.

Have you received five talents, two talents or one talent from the Lord? I don't know. I just know He expects you to do more than just sit on them. He expects more than you are comfortable with. He expects faithfulness.

Proverbs 29:18 (NASB)
18 Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

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