Having the right vision for our lives is paramount because only when we work with God, and co-create with God, will we be complete, joyful, and energetic people. Unfortunately, there are far too many people with great potential, but unrealized dreams; people that are passionate without commitment to get the job done, or those that embark on personal visions that lead to disappointment and destruction.
Why is Vision Important?
Obtaining vision is something far more important than having good eyesight. Helen Keller was once asked, “What would be worse than being born blind?” to which she replied, “Having sight without a vision.”
When people forget about God they’ll default to creating their own vision for their lives that is either flawed, incomplete, or non-existent. Creating a personal vision for our lives apart from God is risky because in it can lead to sin and disharmony.
It is so important to have the proper vision for our lives because worldly things like money, fame, fortune, influence, recognition, and worldly excellence don’t satisfy the soul. Here is what King Solomon had to say about his self-centered vision in Ecclesiastes 2:11:
“Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”
From Solomon’s writings we deduce that goes any personal vision apart from God’s will for our lives is incomplete. Despite the magnitude of our personal accomplishments; there will be always some void when we do it without God’s blessing. Only when we work with God, and co-create with God will we be complete, joyful, and energetic people.
That’s why we see so much discontent in the world; because people are not working together with a common vision of serving Jesus Christ.
Great saints, missionaries, Fathers of the Church, and other holy people were able to live a vision for their lives that reached outside of themselves by harnessing the power of the Almighty God and living according to His will for their lives. A worldly, self-centered vision is not the type of vision our Lord hoped that we would embrace.
Our Lord understood our chaotic, dysfunctional world and has a vision and better plan for our lives. Jesus’ vision is that all people choose to embrace the life of the Cross. That means that people understand that they need the Cross; they want to be saved; that they understand that their personal vision is lacking, and that Jesus Christ has a better plan for their lives.
What is God’s Vision for Our Lives?
Knowing Jesus’ vision for His people means that we respond with a personal vision for our lives that is consistent with God’s plan. For most people this is something that is very difficult. How do we know what’s God plan for our lives? Most of us don’t even know what our own vision is all about; so how do we find about God’s vision for our lives. Let me give you a few examples on where to start about learning where to gain our vision for our lives.
- First we need to communicate with God and learn to better love Him, trust Him, and live entirely for His glory. This means that we must start with a daily prayer regimen. I suggest that starting the day with an early morning prayer is an excellent way to start the day. No need for anything fancy, but a prayer that is personal, loving, and honest. When we pray to God, we should do it in such a way that we thank Him for His blessings that we ask forgiveness from our sins, that we communicate our needs, and let Him know that our entire lives are open to serve Him.
- Next, it’s always good to be under the guidance of a spiritual father. Many times we have trouble interpreting where God is leading us and a spiritual father’s insight and perspective can be valuable.
- Third, having vision does not mean that we develop a plan for our lives; but rather that we have a journey mapped out where we are in a constant state of movement. Having vision also means that we are actively working towards implementing God’s vision for our lives.
Our Christian faith is an active, engaging faith where we are not rewarded for what we think; or the plans we make, but rather for what we do.
All we have to do is imitate our Lord’s ministry; he ministered to the poor, he healed the sick, comforted the broken, taught the faithful, and gave up His life that unworthy people like us could enter into paradise. Having a clear vision of what God wants us to do with our lives is a great first step towards being fulfilled. Why?
- Because there is something most comforting in knowing we are doing what we are supposed to be doing,
- There is comfort in knowing that what we are doing is consistent and requisitioned by God Himself,
- There is something fulfilling in knowing that we are helping God’s people,
- There is something fulfilling in knowing that implementing God’s vision brings us closer to His Kingdom.
What are three practical steps that you can take today to move closer to embracing God’s plan for your life?
Our guest author is Father Kenneth Anthony. Father Kenneth is a protopresbyter serving the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta, GA. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (BBA, Accounting), Holy Cross School of Theology (M. Div, Theology), and the Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA, Business). He was ordained to the priesthood in 1990 and served parishes in Houston, TX, Kansas City, MO, Pittsburg, CA, Rochester, NY, Ann Arbor, MI, Cumming, GA, and Atlanta, GA. He is also an executive that specializes in corporate turnarounds. Some of his former employers include Apple Computer, Ford Motor Company, Kmart, Philips Electronics, Impellam North America, and several smaller privately held businesses. He and his wife Nancy have been married twenty-five years and have six children (Alex, Gregory, Justin, Arianna, Alexia, and Mara). For fun he takes dancing lessons and spends time with his family.