Finding Your Vision
Do you have an ache in your heart? Do you see something in your family, your finances, your ministry, etc. that should be different? What do you envision that it could be?
Cultivating a vision of a preferred future is part of the Christian Life. In Acts of the Apostles, Peter’s first public proclamation of the Kerygma includes words from the prophet Joel,” I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions”.
But not all of us have Fr. Lorig’s talent for painting a picture of what should be. So how do we develop our own clear picture of the future?
- Start with a Fuzzy Vision – Ask yourself: Where is the ache? What is currently breaking your heart? What is your dream for how it could be?
- Sharpen the Fuzzy Vision – Give yourself time to think, and spend some time in prayer. Then, tell your dream to a few trusted people, and let them ask questions.
- Let the Vision (and Yourself) Mature – Be patient. Continue dreaming, and reflect on where God is working right now. Do not rush because God is often working in the background. He is getting both you and others ready to carry out the vision.
How do I know that I have an effective vision? It is too big to do alone. Consider the source of who’s giving you the vision because the source is pretty infinite!
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Jim Jansen – Director of Pastoral Services, Archdiocese of Omaha
Fr. Jeff Lorig – Pastor at St. Joan of Arc and St. Thomas More
The Unstuck Church by Tony Morgan
Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision by Andy Stanley