Hello Reader! How’s it going with having clear focus for this year?
We are now firmly in 2016 and typically mid-Feb is the time resolutions lose their steam. The steam slows when what was driving us in Dec or Jan becomes less priority, less exciting, or less possible. With all that in mind please allow me to share some thoughts building on my last post
In my first post of this New Year I shared an encouragement of how to adjust your sights for what is to come. In today’s post I want to empower you to take to heart the invitation to have…clear vision. Yes, clear vision is what will push you forward, pull the greatness out of you and compel you to continue.
Trust me I know this is a challenge. Our daily tasks distract, our internal insecurities discourage, and voices around entangle us in doubt. Yet vision is the One Principle we must not ignore. Vision doesn’t come from goals or from tasks to be accomplished. Vision comes from the deep voice rooted in our identity.
We read in Scripture stories upon stories of God speaking in visions, we read of God inviting us to keep our vision (Job, Psalms, Nehemiah, Proverbs), we read of God taking people in the spirit to show visions of things to come, and of the invitation to vision which is holding a long-range focus on God. This vision that comes from a long-range focus on God inherently also delivers clues on our identity as we are made in his image.
Take a look at what I recently wrote in my journal on my recent struggle with narrowing vision for this year…“The start of this year brought one physical challenge after another. It was easy to think ahead or instead to dwell. The challenge of being both a visionary and an artist is living in the present. I often prefer to project an expected future or to imagine a “golden age”. Thank God a deep love for family and friends keeps me grounded while my identity as a child of God filled with the Holy Spirit allows me to see it all connected. He speaks vision to me that fuels me.”
Vision that is rooted in our identity is not so easily distractible, discouraged, nor doubted. That’s because it comes from within as well as from a greater power than our own. We have our part and God has his. There is God’s job of inviting us and our job through the Holy Spirit. It is up to us to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to fill us, and the truth written about us to renew our minds and refresh our souls.
Vision is a clearly defined principle we must not ignore. Now into the second month of the new year, has your vision gotten a bit cloudy? It happens. For personality types like mine, it happens often. So what?
Dust off your lenses and refocus.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” – Phil.3:12-16
What’s your favorite way to refocus your vision and remind yourself of its roots?
Maybe get out that journal, pull out the sketch pad, turn on that playlist, take a walk, or grab a cup of tea with a friend. Let communion with God and conversation with a friend help you refocus.
As God reminds you who you are in Christ, ask him to show you the unique talents/skills/passions you are to bring out to a daily purpose this year. Each day keep your focus on Him while you live out of your identity. The daily actionable items then flow out of this focus.
Don’t let the daily grind, the internal insecurities, or the voices outside invite you elsewhere. Listen to the invitation to follow the life principle on vision for a long-range focus that also delivers in the here and now.
Liz Lawrence, MA, LPC-S is counselor, coach and creative who is passionate about people. She directs the Streams Counseling Center in Austin, Texas and co-leads the non-profit Renue.Me whose mission is to invest in the dreams of leaders in underprivileged communities around the world. Connect with her at www.lizlawrencelpc.com or www.renue.me
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