Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Visioncasting for Others

One of the books I'm reading right now, Visioneering, is about the process of establishing and maintaining clear visions for your future. It uses the Biblical example of Nehemias, who was given a vision and a passion to see the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt. It's really challenged me to ask myself, "What are things that you have a passion or desire to see accomplished or experienced in your lifetime?" Here's what I came up with:
I'd like to complete a work of literature, whether it be a novel or autobiographical story or whatever. I'd like to be expressive with some musical instrument, preferably a piano or violin, although I'm decent with the guitar and should probably stick with that, but oh well, this is visioncasting. I'd like to be married to a sweet, beautiful and humble woman, the kind that makes me feel honored and trusted. I'd like to have several children and be just an awesome father. I'd like to lie on the beaches of the Mediterranean one more time to experience the culture and distance from home again. I'd wish for health for me, my wife, and children. That's not too much is it? I think too often as Christians we think that it's a sin to imagine a better or different life. It's not-being discontent with what God has provided is a sin, making the most of it isn't.
Another interesting take on the visioncasting concept is the idea that we can be visioncasters for those we love and are close to. I can still remember the time my younger cousin told me, "Everything you do works." Then there's the time that my father told me, "You make friends really easy wherever you go." There's more, but you get the idea. We need positive visions for our lives-that's one aspect of the Bible that keeps me coming back. "Who am I God? Tell me again how I'm a child of the Most High, how I'm righteous in Your sight." We can do this for each other and those who we love. Paint for them a picture of who they could be, and it will become who they are.

"Do not let an unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Eph 4:29


At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see this in you Joshua:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov. 25:2


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