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Developing A Clear Vision

Developing A Clear Vision

 

Habakkuk 2:1-3(NLT) - I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
 

To kick-start the new daily devotional let's focus on establishing a firm foundation this week. We'll first erect The Four Pillars of The Cracked Door Foundation and then start building upon them as time progresses. Our mission is what we do. Our vision is who we are. The Four Pillars are a hybrid of both at this point.

We've been doing this since 2006 and after almost 6 years we've grown into who we are today. We dropped the old vision and mission somewhere along the way. In 2006, we thought we knew exactly what we were supposed to do and who we were supposed to be but we had no idea of the details. It's now becoming clearer.

Every organization has an identity. Sometimes it's completely captured by the vision statement but many times it develops over time. It's easy to claim what your organization is all about before you do one thing but your true identity tends to unfold as you work the mission. It's like you bounce around when you first start but you eventually settle down into the place where you fit.

Nonetheless, it's still important to write the vision as you know it. The Bible has specific directions in Habakkuk 2:1-3.

1) Write The Vision - If you don't know where you're going, anywhere you end up would seem just fine. If you don't write a vision, one will be written for you. Others will determine what you should be doing. Circumstances will push you in different directions. You and the people on your team will lack discipline. You may not know exactly what the future holds but your vision does offer priceless guidance along the way.

2) Why Is The Written Vision So Important? - It's good for you to know your identity but it's more important for others on your team. If people don't know who you are they will make things up for themselves. People tend to have their own ideas and if you don't provide any restraint, they will impose it on your organization. No vision means nothing to stop them from doing whatever they feel like.

3) The Vision Is Future-Oriented - Your vision is not a snapshot of where you are but a glimpse of who you should be. Hence, it should not be limited by your current circumstances. It should stretch you to be more than you are at the time. It's like a carrot on a stick that stays in front of your eyes as you run hard after it.

4) The Vision Takes Time - Only weeds grow up overnight. Unfortunately, they also shrivel up and die suddenly. The strength of a tree to withstand the storms is in it's root system. Root growth is done underground. Nobody sees it. The vision of your organization usually covers what's seen in public. To grow tall, you have to grow deep. The vision will take time to unfold. That's alright. Wait for it!

Proverbs 29:18(KJV) - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
 

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