What is Vision?

Good question, right? We think about companies having vision statements, but we don’t often think about having personal or family vision statements ourselves. Andy Stanley says that “visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be” (17).  What keeps you up at night? What do you find yourself daydreaming about? What is it that creates in you a holy discontent– that thing, maybe injustice, that you see and feel like you MUST do something about? “Visions form in the hearts of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo” (17).

Some things to remember when thinking about our visions…

….they always begin as a concern about something. What has grabbed your attention? What are those things that God has been bringing back into your mind again and again?

…the vision’s end is never us, but God. I know, sounds cliche, but I think it’s important to remember. It’s not about fame, money, or significance. It’s about advancing God’s Kingdom and bringing Him glory.

…just because we have a vision doesn’t mean we should immediately advance on it. Sometimes God needs us to wait for one reason or another. It’s helpful for me to think about this through the image of pregnancy. Just as a baby doesn’t have a high chance of survival when s/he is born 3 months early, neither does our vision. Allow God to do the work He needs to do to mature it in us.

How do we know if our vision is from God or from ourselves?

1. “A God-ordained vision will eventually feel like a moral imperative.” If we don’t follow through with our vision, we’ll feel like we’re being disobedient.

2. “A God-ordained vision will be in line with what God is up to in the world.”

So, here are the reflection questions for this stage in the experiment. Jake and I will be working through them over the next month or so.

**In one sentence, describe your vision for the following areas of your life- career, family, ministry.

**Are you living with a tension between what is and what should be? Do you have a holy discontent? If so, what is it that bothers you and how do you think it should be?

**How does your vision line up to what God is already doing in the world?

[thanks to Andy Stanley’s book, Visioneering, for these great thoughts and questions]

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