“I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” -Nehemiah 6:3
Every year or so I re-skim Andy Stanley’s book, Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision. Andy examines how Nehemiah’s incredible vision to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem relates to pursuing a God-led vision in our family and personal life.
A clear, personal or family vision turns the routine and chaos of daily life into passion, motivation, direction and purpose. Here are some things to consider for pursuing a clear, God-inspired vision:
A God-Ordained Vision is God’s Preferred Future: It begins in the heart as an unwillingness to accept the status quo, eventually becoming a clear mental picture and conviction of what could and should be. God’s vision for you and your family is always connected to his purpose and will.
All divinely inspired visions are in some way tied into God’s master plan. Whether it is loving your wife, investing in your kids, witnessing to your neighbor, launching a ministry, or starting a company, every divinely placed burden has a link to [God’s] bigger picture.
God-Inspired Visions Require God. They are always beyond our ability. Therefore, they require examination, patient faith, prayer, and dependence on God.
What Always Precedes How: You will know what God has put in your heart to do before you know how he intends to bring it about. The How is always up to God and not you. You and I are responsible to do what we know to do. God gave Moses the What and Moses was responsible to act. God never gave him the How until it was time.
Parents are God’s Great Visioncasters of Children: God has distinctly placed parents in the most powerful position to cast vision to their children. Are you encouraging and reminding your children that God has a great and unique plan for them? They don’t want to miss it.
The most significant visions are cast at the bedsides of our children, not by great orators. The greatest visioncasting opportunities happen between the hours of 7: 30 and 9: 30 P.M. daily. There we have a unique opportunity to plant the seeds of what could be and what should be. Take advantage of every opportunity you get.
Rewards are Not the Success: We tend to mistake rewards for the success. If we’re doing what God has called us to do, remaining faithful to his process each day, we’re successful right now—even if we don’t see the rewards in our children, marriage or ministry. Faithfulness today is success. Remain focused on what’s out in front-the vision-instead of being consumed with the surrounding circumstances.
Make Your Vision Clear and Don’t Get Distracted: Let your vision be crystal clear. The enemy will attempt to distract from God’s plan with fear, criticism and good opportunities. Every day you and your family are presented with good opportunities that can easily be justified. Yet, these good things distract from the main thing—the GREAT thing. Nehemiah’s vision to build the wall remained clear; therefore, he had the answer for such distractions:
“I am doing a GREAT work and I cannot come down. Why should the [GREAT] work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” -Nehemiah 6:3
What great work is God putting on your heart? For your marriage? Your children? Your ministry? Your career? Define it clearly and pursue it with laser focus.
Dave and Sue