I’m thinking a lot about vision these days. I’ve been discussing various paradigms with my kids at school and today I stumbled down a path in my mind which reminded me of an old saying, “You’re looking at life through rose colored glasses.” Truth is, our vision really will affect the way we approach life.
I love looking at old photos. Some have faded through the years some haven’t, but they all show images of the past. The other night I caught a short clip from one of the Harry Potter Series. The paintings on the wall were moving and talking in present day! Wow! What if that were really the case? We might be able to take snapshots that continually change with our lives. Not the case in reality though. A photo is a snapshot of some point or happening from the past. A great marker of where we’ve been but not at all where we are presently.
Have you ever known someone to set an image from someone else’s life as a goal for their lives? This presents an interesting dichotomy. While the person setting the goal might not have arrived just yet, the subject of the photo has left that point of life in the past. In reality, it doesn’t make a great deal of sense to aim for the past even if it’s not your past, does it?
The whole point of vision is that it’s your view of how the future might look. My future may look a tad like your past, but it’s still mine. Too often we try to ride the coat tails of someone else’s success and call it our own. My vision must be different from yours. Why? It’s mine! I haven’t been called to do what you have. Nor does the stream flow the other way. This isn’t to say I don’t want to learn from your successes and failures. That’s just being a wise student.
So, what is it that God has called you to? What vision do you have for your future? Your family? Your church? Where is God calling you? I can show you where I’ve been. I can tell you where I’m going. I can probably even tell you a bit about your future from looking at your past. How about you? How’s your vision?
”A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”