Vision month changed my life in the School of Transformation. I used to feel really intimidated when people would ask me what my vision was for my life. I never really knew how to answer that question, because I wasn’t even sure if I had a vision for my life. School of Transformation really broke it down for me and helped me realize that I actually did have vision for my life. I learned how to go after it, and what God says about having vision.
The Bible tells us in Proverbs that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have vision for your life, you don’t get anywhere. Having a vision keeps you going after what you want. As Christians, our vision and goal needs to be to go after Jesus and follow what He commanded us to do. If your vision for your life is to be a doctor, what would that look like? It would look like you going to school and learning everything you could about being a doctor, and then it would look like you getting a job at a hospital or doctors office. You would have to do something to achieve that. If your goal is to be a Christian, what would that look like? It would look like you getting connected to other believers, reading your Bible, learning about everything you possibly can about Jesus. When we have a vision for our lives, we can’t just sit around and wait for it to happen. We have to go after it.
One of the lessons we learn in the School of Transformation is about how you can’t be driven by emotions alone - you have to have remember why you started going after your goals in the first place. Think about somebody starting a diet. They may start off excited and feeling motivated. They know exactly what the vision is and they are excited to pursue it. Majority of the time when a person quits their diet, it is because they've lost their motivation and they feel low. They get to a point where it feels hard. Maybe the results are coming along slower than they were expecting them. It might feel frustrating or pointless. If you are only driven by emotions, you will quit at this point. Your emotions won’t always remind you of the bigger picture. Emotions won’t remind you why you started in the first place. When we have a vision, we must be motivated by the bigger picture and not emotions alone. Our emotions can go up and down. If Jesus relied on His emotions alone, He would not have gone to the cross. Do you think emotionally He wanted to do that? Heck no! In Matthew 26:39 He prays, “Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” This was moments before He was arrested to be crucified. He put the vision for His life above what He wanted. He put the Father’s will above His.
Jesus had a vision. Think about it for a minute. He knew what His purpose was on this earth. If you look at Jesus’ life, He lived it wholeheartedly going after His calling. He knew He was put on this earth to save us, and He knew what that needed to look like. When you read the Gospels, you see that Jesus was constantly seeking the Father. He only did what He saw His Father doing. Following what the Father said led Jesus to a cross. If Jesus didn’t have vision for the bigger picture, I can’t imagine He would have gone through with what He did on the cross. He could have stopped it at any moment, but He kept His eyes on the bigger picture: you. He knew that if He didn’t go through the things that He did on the cross, you wouldn’t make it. You were the big picture. You were the vision for His life on earth.
Sometimes God will ask you to serve someone else’s vision. You may have this grand vision for your life, and suddenly find that the steps to getting there aren’t what you thought they were going to be. Sometimes you must lay your vision aside and follow someone else’s. God is way more interested in our character and heart than our skills and talents. Sometimes we have to follow someone else and do what they are doing to learn what we need to learn in order to go after our own vision. When this happens, you must be in a place where you can surrender your vision and pick up the one that belongs to someone else, because God is asking you to.
What are you doing with what has been given to you? Often times I hear people make statements like, “I am called to be a famous worship leader” or “I am called to preach”, and they sit around waiting for that to happen. Here’s the thing: If you aren’t faithful with the little things God has given you, why would He give you something big like that? You can’t sit around and wait for your calling to fall in your lap. You can’t expect to be trusted with something as big as preaching if you aren’t faithful in the little day to day things. We must evaluate how we are doing with the things God has given us. We read in the Bible the parable of the talents - the master left talents with his servants and gave to each according to their ability. The two who were faithful with what they were given ended up getting more. The one who wasn’t faithful with what he was given, it was taken away and he wasn’t trusted with it anymore. So let’s evaluate our hearts - what are we doing with what God has already given us? Are you someone whom He can trust?
Going through vision month in School of Transformation made me realize that having vision for my life was simple. It’s about going after the things that line up with God's will. It’s about seeing what God has already given me and being faithful in those things. It’s about serving the people around me and surrendering my dreams. The truth is, God’s plan for my life is so much bigger than I can fathom. The bottom line is that I can trust Him. My vision for my life is to go after Him - to know Him and lay my life down for Him. To have a family that serves and loves Him. I want my life to make Him smile. Whether that looks like serving Him in Oroville, California or somewhere else, He has my full permission to do what He wants- and if there are parts of my plans He’d like to change, He can. My life is His.