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Saturday, July 02, 2005

what is? series."what is vision?"

A what is series...I was thinking how to progress with the whole thought process of laying out vision, mission, strategy, etc.. all the buzz words which sound inspirational but can be really meaningless and become as much a hinderance as an aid, unless we make them reality...happen. So here we go:

What is Vision (Part 1 of 2)

We took Esther our youngest daugther to get her hair done last night..had to get it done in the same place as her sister and aunt...! As she looked in the mirror at the vision in front of her I could see her satisfaction that the cut she had dreamed of was actually taking shape in front of her eyes, the vision she had, was being made a reality to her...literally....it made me think....God has a purpose and a plan, I know more overused words here, but familiarity with terminology must not eclipse or hinder the reality of purpose in our lives...God given purpose.

Habakuk 2:2 "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." What about this one Proverbs 29:28 "Where there is no vision, the people perish" Clearly we're encouraged to define the dreams, goals and direction God gives us to help us in our daily walk with Him. In difficult times, in slow times or confusing times, having a difinitive direction and vision of what God has gifted you to do or called you to do will balance life's storms....and they come...it's the norm....

After the fall of France in 1940, Churchill's foreign policy consisted of three essential goals:
1. Preserving the British Empire,
2. Smashing the Axis (Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan),
3. Preventing the Soviet Union from coveting Eastern Europe.
By the time he was voted out of office during the July 1945 Potsdam Conference, Churchill could claim to have accomplished the first two of his three foreign policy aims. But he was compelled by Stalin and Roosevelt to acknowledge the inevitability of Soviet dominated Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, Churchill's immortal speech in Fulton Missouri (in which he warns the world and the new American President Harry S. Truman about the ominous consequences of a Soviet iron curtain that descended over Eastern Europe) galvanizes the West into forging the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and integrating West Germany.

Churchill didn’t achieve his complete list of goals, but was instrumental in establishing NATO, the strongest and longest lasting military alliance in modern history.

As we focus on the definition or refreshing of personal/corporate goals and aims, we can take hope that we don’t operate in a ruthless private corporate world reaching better performances every month at the demands of shareholders......(I'm so glad I'm not in that anymore...it's a crushing environment).. We are privileged to be ambassadors of God’s unfailing and unconditional love....this is 1.01 for vision, "to know Him and make Him known"...1.02 Is something like this.. "Lord, what gifts, talents do you wish to use in my abandoned life lived for you? Show me how you can use me in this temporary assignment here on earth?" Big question but a real one that when answered will bring glory to Christ... strength, definition, motivation and staying power to us....

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