Vision Check

A couple of weeks ago in a team women’s time, one of my fellow staff members asked us some great questions about our personal callings and visions. She left us at the end of the time to consider the current vision that we have for our life and ministry. I feel like I am often filled with purpose in the moment, but sometimes can lack long-term vision of where I am headed exactly in the more distant future, and thus her question has been a great springboard for thought and prayer. I can work hard each day, but where exactly am I headed?

I thought of you as I have been processing through this question and thought that some of you might enjoy taking some time to think and pray through these things too, if you haven’t done that recently. I have been realizing that there is hopefully one main vision for each of our lives, that being to love and serve the Lord and to glorify Him, but within that there are a number of very important areas to maintain vision.

The four main ones that came to mind for me, which are very closely tied with my priorities and roles in life, were vision for my walk with God, vision for my marriage, vision as a mother, and vision in ministry. I realized some interesting things as I examined my existing “visions” in these areas, and the first was that though of course my desire is always to grow in each area and to glorify God in them, and I do see that I strive in these areas, lately I have lacked concrete detail as to what exactly I am striving for.  Thinking through this question, I’d ask myself something like, “Ashley, what is your vision for your relationship with God/marriage/parenting/ministry?” And embarrassingly often it was something quite vague, along the lines of, “Uhhhh….that it will be good and pleasing to God….?” That isn’t a very motivating vision!

I’ve been taking some time to pray and think over the tangible things that I desire to be true in these 4 areas of life and have been writing them down to pray over and strive toward with greater intentionality. Some people like to write “vision statements” for these sorts of things. Of course, one thing about vision is that it must be from God, and not just some good idea of what we think would be good for us. So though I feel God has led me clearly in some areas, I leave the things that may just be good ideas but not God’s ideas up to the Lord’s discretion to reveal and weed out as He will. Also, by suggesting this, I am not suggesting at all to make a list of to-do’s to check off in order to feel like we’re doing a good job and thus accidentally rope ourselves into mechanical obligation and works. These things must be from God, but as much as lists might lend to obligatory task-doing, lack of concrete detail lends itself to lack of direction.

Would you like to join for the next week in taking some time again to pray about and write down your vision for your walk with God, your marriage, your role as a mother, and for you ministry? I’ll check back briefly at the end of the week to see how God has led those of you who end up joining me. Do you have any words to share with those of us who are seeking to grow in our vision for what God has for us in life?

(Post by: Ashley)


6 Responses to “Vision Check”

  1. 1 Shilo April 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I try to do this at the beginning of each year and it is very difficult for me to be so introspective. That’s why I love your focus on prayer and listening to the GOD who knows our hearts better than we know ourselves! Praise Him for His Spirit and that He speaks to us!
    I’m glad for the reminder to go back and review my evaluation from January and I will be praying this week.
    Thanks, Ashley! You are a blessing!

  2. 2 Alicia April 19, 2010 at 3:06 am

    you have me thinking about this! I plan to so some self-evaluation this week. Thanks for encouraging us to do this.

  3. 3 Andrea Pavkov April 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Fantastic! I will be joining you in this endeavor this week. Clear VISION allows us not to lose focus. Thanks.

  4. 4 Stephanie April 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for the inspiring post, Ashley! I think it’s so important to think of goals in tangible terms. My husband Tim & I frequently write down our hopes and dreams and aspirations…and corresponding steps that we can take now to get where we want to be. 🙂

  5. 5 Sarah April 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I’m a bit late joining since the week is almost over, but this is something that I’ll be thinking about in the next few days. Thanks so much for encouraging us to do this…

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