Without Vision the People Perish

Milestones have always been a big deal to me.

What a stud, look at the hair!

What a stud, look at that hair!

From early on, it was ingrained in me to think ahead and dream about what could be possible. I always wanted to know what might be next, and what did I need to do now to prepare for then.  I still do. In those early years the dream consisted of playing left tackle for the Houston Oilers, then in high school I figured out my mind was sharper than my athletic prowess so I started dreaming back and forth from being a psychologist to a coach.

In college, my life was transformed as I finally understood the beauty of the gospel and my call to being a pastor soon followed after that. Through it all, I knew there was something more and in order to obtain it, I needed to dream and have a vision for what that “something more” could be.

This girl is something else

This girl is something else

In my young adult years I dreamed about where I wanted to be in life when I was 30. I remember distinctly praying that I would be at the foothills of whatever great work God would call me to. I was frustrated that this dream wasn’t coming to life as I was only halfway through seminary when I hit the 3o milestone. 35 was the next milestone and I longed to be a father and serve in an amazing church. I am grateful to say that I have gotten to check those boxes off big time. And now I dream about what 40 will be like for my family and I am praying that I will be able to live into that dream.

I don’t think I am unique in this, at least I hope I am not. We have dreams – both big and small – that we hope/long to see manifested in our lives.The scriptures speak to the need for people to have a vision consistently set before them that beckons them forward. Proverbs 29:18 in the KJV tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. Other translations help articulate this truth further:

  • NIV – “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint”
  • NLT – “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.”
  • The Message – “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves”

All four of those word pictures seem to illustrate that we need to have a vision of something that is bigger than ourselves. We get lost when we aren’t looking at the horizon, hoping for something more. As believers, we need to keep a picture of Jesus and His good Kingdom work ever before us. Asking Him, how might He use me? What blessing could I be to another person? I know when I have a clear direction of what is possible, I am more invigorated to do the work to see that dream actualized.

As a church we are still dreaming.

Dreaming about what could happen if we all locked arms together to Connect Every Life to Jesus. This weekend we are going to be talking about the dream God has given us as a church. And my hope is that you dream with us! My prayer is that you will come into this weekends services with attentive hearts, seeking to see just how God might be calling you to participate in the dream He has given our church.

So let’s dream big and give our God our very best!

Tom Rich
Discipleship Pastor

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