When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Really, when was it? Almost everyone who will read these words has, at some point, been through the somewhat intimidating process of having their eyes checked. The bright lights, the rows of letters, the dilating eye drops, and those horrible flimsy plastic shades, designed to protect our eyes; all of these are regular features to the annual (or so) trip to the eye doctor. Well, what are they checking for? They are checking, in essence, to make sure that we have the best vision we can. It is important, in life, to be able to see where you are going. At a physical level, this makes sense. No one wants to be the person who walks off the edge of the cliff because we couldn’t see it coming, right?
In our own lives, so many times, this is exactly what we end up doing. We tend to, whether we want to or not, fall into a trap of living without purpose. So, the visual sharpness we work so hard to achieve in our physical world, is all but erased by our lack of internal vision. The very vision that drives us to be the type of people God has called us to be gets lost because we lose focus. This talk of vision, of being driven, or living with purpose, can sometimes seem like a self-help conversation we’d rather avoid than participate in, yet it is this same conversation that becomes so vital in making us become who God wants us to become.
In my life, I am blessed to have a constant reminder of the importance of living with vision. My wonderful wife, Natalie, knew from the age of 9 that she would grow up to become an attorney, and a judge. Now, if you are like me, you undoubtedly had similar fantasies in life. For me, it was to drive in the Indianapolis 500. The difference between my wife and I is that by the age of 28, she had accomplished both of the things she wanted to accomplish, and I…well…had not. Why? Because she lived each and every day with a vision, a purpose. She had a finish line and lived each day with purpose, so that her actions would help her reach her goals.
To transition this from a self-help blog, to a spiritual transformation blog, let me point you towards this quote, by Cleddie Keith, ”A knife cuts because it has a narrow focus.” So, think about your life, now. Do you have a narrow focus? As we transition into a new year, with a world of opportunities in front of you, do you have a vision for what you want to become? Here’s something that you need to know: God has a vision for what He wants you to become. He has a plan, written for you, and it is up to you…and me, to find out what that plan is. The only way we will do it, however, is to become deeply in touch with the directions for our life, laid out in the Bible. In Proverbs 29:18, it says “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the Law is joyful.” Spending time with the Bible and our Lord, through prayer, every single day, is the only way we can hope to hear all of the promises that God has in store for us.
Lastly, I want to emphasize the vital importance for us all to live with a purpose. Whether that purpose be to lose weight, tithe more obediently, attend church more regularly, share our faith with our friends and family, become a judge…or drive in the Indianapolis 500, having a goal gives us a focal point for our life. Goals focus our life on the hope of tomorrow, rather than the regrets of yesterday. It gives us a singular reason for fighting through the things in life we’d rather do without. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s a lot easier when we can see where we are going. I will leave you with quote, from P.K. Bernard, “A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.”
Take some time today to ask yourself the following questions… if you can answer them, you’re well on your way to living with a vision. If not, it’s time to schedule that eye appointment…
What is your vision for 2015?
Do you know what God is wanting from you, now? This year? This life?
Eric J. Wasson