Cultivating True Vision – Phil. 3:12-14; Psalm 20; Habakkuk 2:1-3
To live a focused life, you must learn how to cultivate a true vision for living. When you don’t have a God given vision you are pursuing in life, your life will simply be characterized with mediocrity. Mediocrity is a region bordered on the North by compromise, on the south by indecision, on the East by past thinking, and on the West by a lack of vision. So if you don’t want to find yourself revolving a circle with these four negative components, then you need to plug your life on the current of heavenly vision. Your life vision is your purpose in picture inspired and stamped on the tablet of your heart by the Holy Spirit. In other words, when you make a discovery of your life purpose, it generates a vision to run with for your life.
God, through Prophet Joel, gave a promise that will characterize the end time saints of God. He helped us to understand that when God pours out His Spirit in the last days, one of the resultant effect of that experience is that young men will see visions (Joel 2:28). In other words, God is interested in giving meaning and direction to your life.
I believe each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take. They take the time to understand what they’re here to do – then they pursue that with passion and enthusiasm.
True vision is not merely a set of good ideas or action steps. It’s listening to God’s voice, discerning the what, how and when of his will, seeking to please him and determining to respond in unwavering faith. True vision grows over time as we faithfully respond to the Lord’s leading. True vision is actualized through a life that becomes increasingly more focused. Such a person is developing habits to carry the vision God is unfolding.
Your life vision is a product of a discovered purpose. To maximize your time here on earth requires a discovery of this purpose and a determination to stick to it throughout your lifetime. When your life is not driven by divine purpose, then life is reduced to a mere experiment. There are several compelling reasons why your life must be driven by God-given purpose: Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life; knowing your purpose simplifies your life; knowing your purpose focuses your life; knowing your purpose motivates your life; knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.
Defining a Life Purpose Statement
Those who are used increasingly by God have some form of what is called a life-purpose statement. A life purpose is a burden, a calling, a task or a driving force that motivates a believer to fulfill something or see something done. It involves underlying motivations that energize the believer in his spiritual life and ministry.
A life purpose unfolds over a lifetime, and it isn’t always apparent initially. Discovering and implementing your personal vision is a process of learning about yourself, growing in your relationship and knowledge of the Lord, and continually fine-tuning your understanding of the vision God has given you. Therefore when you write your vision, realize that it won’t be a finished product. You will keep refining it as God makes your purpose clearer as the months and years go by, and as you experience spiritual and personal growth.
Here is an example of life purpose statement: “To humbly serve the Lord by being a loving, playful, powerful, and passionate example of the absolute joy that is available to us the moment we rejoice in God’s gifts and sincerely love and serve all of his creation” – Anthony Robbins, author of Personal Power and Get the Edge –