“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Every morning that you wake up and experience God through First15, I hope you’re filled with fresh vision. Daily, moment by moment communion with God births vision in a way that’s unique and powerful.
But throughout our lives there are rhythms, opportunities like a new year where we can take a step back and open our eyes to see deeper inside the eternity God has placed within our hearts (Ecc. 3:11).
As the speed of the world picks up the pace year after year, and days seem to come and go faster than time itself would dictate, it is more important than ever that we as God’s people stop, just for a moment, set our eyes above the chaos, and ask the Spirit to give us real vision.
My favorite way to receive vision birthed from faith rather than fear is to ask myself good questions, prayerfully trusting that the Spirit will speak to my heart as I try my best to answer them.
So in hoping these questions that have been meaningful to me might be meaningful to you, here’s a handful that I’ve been asking myself lately:
- What matters most to me?
Perhaps my greatest fear every day is that I would spend my life on things that I don’t care about. That I would spend my money, my time, my passion on that which is just there, or that which matters to someone else, but doesn’t matter to me.
So taking a moment to pause, and reflect on the dreams and desires within my own heart, knowing that God’s primary way he wants to lead me is in the giving and satisfying of desires (Ps. 37:4), is my best place to start when seeking vision.
- What do I see?
What opportunities are in front of me giving me the chance to see my dreams and desires come to fruition? Who needs what I have to give? Where is God moving that I want to be at the very heart of?
Asking yourself what you see takes dreams and desires and equips you to put real action to it. It creates a pathway from vision to implementation, only requiring the courage to move to make vision a reality.
- When I wake up on January 1st 2020, what do I want to look back and see?
Casting our eyes a reasonable distance from where we are is a powerful tool in the creation of vision. Imagining desires fulfilled, the emotion and sense of accomplishment that might follow, can really clarify what we want to spend our lives on.
What do you most want to see happen in your work, family, church, emotions and thought-life? What do you want to have accomplished? What transitions do you want to have made?
We are all in the driver’s seat of our experience this year. Where we go will be dictated by our decision to turn right or left, to stop or speed ahead. God is with us, our family and friends are with us, but no one controls us. No one else has the final say on how we will spend our days, weeks, and year.
And inside of that reality are so many mixed emotions for me. I am both empowered and terrified at the notion that I am in every real sense, in control. But this promise of God provides hope and faith, that he has made me and equipped me to live this year to the fullest in him:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6).
Take time today to ask yourself those three questions. And as you step back and seek vision, know that God is with you, he is for you, and he will make “straight your paths” as you entrust your vision to him. He is good and capable. And he has made you in his likeness.
May you find power and vision in the Holy Spirit today. And may today fill you with fresh vision for all that is possible in your life in 2019.