….about the vision, that is.
Wondering what I’m talking about today?
Vision. Tenacity. Determination. The ability to finish the race God called us to.
Whether you are a pastor, a leader, a parent, or an employer, you started with a vision. We all did.
- Pastors want to shepherd and disciple a group of people.
- Parents want to raise God-loving, integrity-filled children.
- CEO’s want to run purpose-filled, profitable organizations.
- People want to accomplish their goals.
All of us have a vision of what we want to do and who we’d like to become, yet few of us stick to it over time. Even after short-term success, visions tend to blur, drift, and fade.
- Pastors get sidetracked with people’s agendas and well-meaning ideas.
- Parents get lost in demanding daily routines.
- Organizations drown in red tape.
- Our goals are forgotten as we address day-to-day minutia.
Can you relate? I sure can. After 21 years in ministry, I can testify to countless times my vision for a particular ministry or group was threatened to drift away from what God originally tasked me to accomplish. Even as a parent I can feel the pull to get off course and pay more attention to a busy schedule than to the spiritual growth of my kids.
The bottom line is vision fades. We forget why we do what we do. We mean to do something specific, but we drift off course.
That’s why I think we should be mean! We should mean to do what we do! All of us – in every role we have – should be mean about the vision God has given us. We should be intentional in our leadership! That kind of intentionality requires consistency, commitment, and yes, courage. Trust me, you need a lot of that last one. Being mean about your vision…sticking to it….saying no to some good things in order to say yes to the best things….not pleasing everyone all the time….making some tough calls….well, that’s rubber meets the road kind of stuff. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
But, here’s the payoff: life, passion, growth, success! When we resolutely stick to the vision God has given for our lives, our ministries, and our families, we flourish! And so do the people around us. Accomplishing what we set out to do brings satisfaction, fulfillment, and contentedness. That’s much better than drowning in daily minutia, don’t you agree?
My husband’s next book, Be Mean About The Vision, will help you protect and preserve what really matters. It launches April 19th, but you can pre-order it now. If you’ve ever drifted off-course or if you’d like to prevent it from happening, get this book today.
Don’t wander in random directions. Be mean about your vision. About the vision God has for your ministry and family. About the vision God has for your life. Be intentional. Be resolute.
Be mean about the vision!
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