“For still the VISION awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay”. Habakkuk 2:3
For some, it’s a three-day weekend, a time when we don’t have to set the alarm or contend with our dreaded weekday rituals. But it’s more than that. It’s the day when we celebrate the man whose VISION of equality changed the world. It’s the national holiday where we acknowledge the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., who, during a racially tumultuous time, envisioned a world where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. His VISION single-handedly changed the lives of African Americans during his time and for decades to come. While reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s VISION, I began to ponder the VISION I have for my own life. What’s your VISION? Do you believe that your VISION can come alive? I DO!!!!! So for this week’s blog, let’s talk SHIP about our VISION!!!
We all have a VISION within us. We may not acknowledge it, but we do. What is a VISION? According to Merriam Webster, it’s having the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom; the ability to see. So, what’s the difference between a goal and a VISION? A VISION is a clear image of how we see our future and goals are the steps that we take to move us toward our VISION. For instance, if someone has a VISION where they see themselves healthy and fit in the future. In order for this VISION to actualize, their goals would probably be to make some dietary changes and to exercise. A VISION to become financially sound may include goals such as stopping unnecessary spending, saving, budgeting, and investing. Both of these VISIONS-to be healthy and fit and to become financially sound- are realistic and attainable. That is IF there is a commitment to do the work. VISIONS require that we become active participants in our own lives. It demands that we be willing to move toward our VISION by consistently taking small steps forward.
Do you have a VISION? Our VISIONS don’t have to be world-changing like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, but they should be expansive enough to change our world. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, I already know…life gets so busy it distracts us from focusing and working on our VISION. But let me remind you that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s VISION was created in the midst of turmoil. He is an example that we can work through adversity for what’s important to us. Let’s create a VISION for our lives. In Habakkuk 2:2 it says ..and the Lord answered me, and said, “Write down the VISION and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”. Simply put, in order for us to achieve our VISION, writing it down will keep it in the forefront of our minds and will keep us disciplined. It’s a new year, so let’s do things differently. Let’s change it up!! Let’s write it down. Let’s organize, let’s strategize, and let’s commit to taking those small steps toward achieving the bigger goal- our VISION!!!
SHIP TALK: What’s your VISION? What small steps are you taking?
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