I have had poor vision since I was in 6th grade. I didn’t realize my vision was getting weaker until I began having difficulty seeing the blackboard at school. I resolved the issue by asking my teacher if I could move my seat to the front of the classroom. Despite my new move, I also began to get headaches too frequently to hide anymore. Once I told my mother, she made an appointment for me to see the eye doctor. Just as we suspected, I needed glasses. I chose a beautiful pair of bright purple glasses—my favorite color! I placed them on my head with my new lenses. I remember seeing so much more that I had not noticed before. It was like a whole new world! Although I feared being made fun of by my friends, reclaiming my vision was more important than my vanity.
Just as we all need our physical vision to see the world around us, Christians also need to have a vision, not only for themselves but for their churches as well. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Without clear vision, I was lost. Without clear vision, we would be lost, too. Writing down the Lord’s vision for them gave them a clear purpose to tell others about His goodness.
Make a habit of writing down your vision each year. It doesn’t have to be at the start of the New Year; it can be at any time. What do you feel is the vision the Lord has given you? Write it down and put it in a place where you can review it frequently. After six months, evaluate that vision. Tweak if necessary. Do what you need to do to fulfill the purpose God has given you for your life.
Have you achieved the vision God has given you? What changes do you need to make to achieve that vision?