“There is Success in sticking with God’s Vision”
Anyone who has ever accomplished anything great in their lives has had to make sacrifices to get to where they want to be. There is something ahead of them that is worth their time and energy, a bigger picture that would bring them much satisfaction. Yet, one of the hardest things to do along this journey is to maintain your focus, keeping your eyes open and your ears closed to anything that would hinder you from advancing forward towards achieving your goals.
Having “Vision” will help keep you on the right path.
Often, when we are given assignments, we can prevent ourselves from moving forward. It can be really easy to blame others, as though they compromised and stunted the growth of your assignment. However, the real accountability rests upon our own shoulders.
If I think about the times God has given me a vision for a project, I can honestly say that in the beginning, I could see everything very clearly. He would show me the entire layout, so I can get a sense of the direction, and then afterward, the real work would begin to fulfill and piece together various ideas, to resemble what I saw.
It’s an exciting moment to have in the Lord, until doubt kicks in, you start considering what other people might think, and then suddenly, the vision isn’t as clear as it once was. Setting your mind to take on new projects can be nerve-racking, but being able to see the vision from the beginning will help ease your fears and to stay true to what was originally shown. (Which is exactly why I have guidelines when it comes to taking on new assignments which are shown below. Examples, of how I mentally take on projects in the areas of Dance/Choreography, My Blog Website, and Event Planning.)
•What’s the overall theme? What’s my purpose? What is it that I’m trying to say?
•Who should I work with? How many people do I need for a certain project?
•What should we wear (colors, fabrics, pedestrian clothing, praise dance garments)?
•What movements should we do (Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African etc)? What music or props should we use? When does this project need to be completed, shown and approved?
My Blog Website
• Who is my target audience?
•What is the environment I want to set? What’s the message I want to deliver and how should it be done?
•How do I want my site to look?
•What is my purpose? Is it consistent or does it change with each new blog post?
Planning for Events
• What’s the time, date, occasion?
• Whats the theme?
• Who is responsible enough to help (a good listener, gets things done and is able to check things off the list of things to do, who can I work well with, who can I bounce ideas off of, who can bring peace and not confusion and strife…. who is reliable?)
•What’s needed (centerpieces, favors, party handouts, balloons, backdrops, tablecloths, and other rentable items)?
•What’s the environment (music, decorations, what’s the overall vibe you want to set throughout the event and the impression you want your guests to leave with)?
• What’s the budget???
In each of these areas, I’ve had to trust a direction that was shown to me. An assignment is presented and it’s off to the races for completing it in excellence. Pushing past anything that will deter the vision and even compromise the success of its outcome.
•••You may have noticed that I asked similar questions in each of the three examples shown above, my reason for doing this is to bring organization to something that can get disorganized real fast. If you have a strong base on how you would like to begin, then it just leaves filling in the blanks as you go forward.
I am and will ALWAYS BE VISION ORIENTED!!
I can’t say that enough…
It’s important to know what you’re working towards and to be able to keep an image set in your mind that will help you lead others in accomplishing the goal.
Listed below are a couple of things needed to oversee a vision:
-Being able to Delegate
-Ability to Compromise, but also having the strength to say “No” (which automatically leads to conflict resolution)
-Showing Dedication & Strong Work Ethics
-Ability to Efficiently and Effectively Communicate (especially when learning how to deal with different personalities and level of expectations)
-Being able to respect those you labor with
-Using Discernment & Being Intuitive
Success comes from our ability to yield to God’s vision and not chase after our own. I’ve seen this time and time again, it’s hard to work on something that no vision is attached to, mostly because there is no plan, no guideline, no sense of comradery, no breakdown to how to conquer what’s presently in front of us or anticipate what challenges may lie ahead (it’s like having soldiers but not knowing where to place them or how to use them).
The Bible says in Luke 10:2 NLT
“These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
I will relate this idea towards my following statement …….what’s the point of having more workers if you don’t know how to direct them? The harvest hasn’t changed but the type of laborers has. You can’t send laborers into a field that don’t know what tools to work with….. they’ll be underprepared. To help them grow to their full potential, you will have to place them under someone’s wings that has the skill set to grow them in a particular area (a mentor).
I’ve grown so tired of the sink or swim scenario, where someone who is desperate to serve the Lord is thrown overboard and is asked to survive with no life jacket, no training of how to tread in deep water, they are convinced to survive a process and situation they should never have been placed in without proper training. So they get tired of flopping their arms and kicking their legs until eventually they give up or someone who sees their struggle steps in, to assist them.
Finding workers isn’t as big as a problem as finding qualified leaders… I’ll let that rest for a bit.
Indifference, laziness, poor attitudes, along with negative thinking and complaining will kill a vision. It’s toxic to all who are involved. Yes, you can work through the worst possible conditions, but why should you have to if you’re all on the same page?
Let’s not mistake what I mean by this, you need workers and leaders who are committed to accomplishing God’s will. To be clear, we have “our vision”, and then there’s “Gods Vision”, which will always work out better than anyone could hope and believe for.
Our vision will fail if it’s not aligned to His.
I’ve seen it happen more times than I’d like, and each time there has been frustration and confusion, but once we accept “God’s Vision”, His intended plans are fully revealed and the reward of following His path is great!
(For example. Vision boards with 5yr/10yr plans are good visual-aids, but if what you put on that board doesn’t align with God’s will, purpose and overall vision for your life, then your plans will fail.)
Psalms 33:4 NLT
“For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does.”
If that be the case, anything that doesn’t line up to His word and His instructions needs to be rejected. Some people won’t like it and will hate you for it, they’ll even talk behind your back BUT never forget the original vision. No, this doesn’t mean disrespect them and pay them back for their deeds, but what it does mean is move on with purpose and conviction in spite of what’s going on around you.
You can’t be afraid of their faces, there will be people that you will be intimidated by. They will have more experience than you/more under their belt, however, God has not called you to shrink back, but to pursue after. God considers all things, and who you are, and your current experience does not disqualify you from the greatness He has set in place for you (which will directly affect everyone around you.) However, this means that time will play a factor, you will have to get trained and become better equipped (which also means enduring more tests and trials to prove how prepared you are to take on bigger assignments.) To “Arrive” you’ll have to “Arise”, and trust God’s process, timing and instruction.
I think about the story of Gideon, God gave him the assignment to attack the Midianites but he wanted confirmation after confirmation to be sure that he and his soldiers would succeed, and God gave him reassurance each step of the way, and God will not hesitate to do the same for you. He understands how fearful we can be, so He gives us prophetic words by the Holy Spirit, encouragement from friends and family, and a deep desire to fulfill what we’ve been called to do.
Even though some people may not see all the struggles you have to endure while pursuing after the vision God’s given you, understand that YOU were called to fulfill the vision from the very day the Lord gave it to you. So continue to build, without fear of failure.
Truth is, there has never been an assignment that I’ve taken on that an attack wasn’t sure to follow. Arguments, demonic dreams, those questioning my ability and my intentions, you’d think I’d be used to it by now, but although these things happen, none of that has ever stopped me from accepting a God-given assignment that I have the grace to take on.
Understanding PROCESS, Having DISCIPLINE, and Maintaining FOCUS, is very helpful in avoiding the distractions that are designed to stop you. The more you can recognize the distractions, the more you’ll be able to avoid the headaches caused by them.
Just a quick recap–
•Love the vision enough to hold onto it.
•Connect with people who will help protect “The Vision”, and keep it growing strong.
•Negativity and Doubt must not be allowed to take the place of Promise and Destiny.
•Chase after God’s Vision not our own, for even scripture says in Proverbs 19:21 ESV “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”
The vision God has given you can and will be achieved but not in your strength, but in His and His alone.
The Bible says in Judges 6:34 NLT “Then the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with power. He blew a ram’s horn as a call to arms, and the men of the clan of Abiezer came to him.”
My prayer for you today is that you experience the power of God resting upon you to perform ALL the works you have been called to do. That those who have been called to serve diligently and faithfully beside you will take their place.
Vs 35 states, “He also sent messengers throughout Manasseh, Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, summoning their warriors, and all of them responded.”
(Let the response be just as great for each of you…. but remember, only 300 were qualified by God. So even though you may gather, God may only approve the few, which means that you may not need as many people as you think to take on your vision.)
Just a Quick Prayer to pray on behalf of yourselves:
Father, thank you for entrusting me with carrying forth your vision. I pray that as I go forward in my assignment that you give me wisdom, revelation, and strength to pursue what you’ve shown me. Help me to complete my assignment with integrity and to show diligence and discipline in how I operate. Draw people to me who will make the weight of this assignment lighter and not heavier. Help them to see what you’ve shown me, so we can achieve our goals peacefully together. Thank you for working everything out beforehand, and for allowing me to see the assignment as already done. In your precious name, Amen
Lastly, I’ll leave you with this scripture,
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
So Keep Going. Keep Believing. Keep pursuing after Gods vision over your life.
Keep building heaven on earth one vision at a time.
God Bless You & Thank You for taking the time to read my blog.