Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Portable Vision Statement

“Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.’” Habakkuk 2:2

I used to think the words of Habakkuk were about simplicity. I am sure it can be interpreted that way, but today I see it more from the aspect of portability.

Twenty-five years ago, I was asked to create a vision statement for my life. After prayer and consideration, I wrote, “I want to be found in Him discarding those things that are temporary and embracing those things that are eternal.” That vision statement has proven true and tested over time. I have been able to run with it through the last twenty-five years unhindered by the various assignments of life and ministry. They became a safeguard when I was faced with important decisions that unfolded at incredible speed and had the potential to radically change the direction of my life. In unsettled seasons I found myself asking the question, “Does this sound eternal?” If it didn’t, I did not move in that direction.

Habakkuk does not tell us what to write on our tablet. That decision is left up to each of us. When you write a vision statement for your life write it with the eternal values of heaven in mind. Words like “success”, “wealth” or “position” are not normally found in healthy vision statements.  When God has you scribe a portable vision statement on your earth-tablet you will be able to run with it through every changing season of life and not stumble. The words you have written and allowed to direct the course of your life will be used by God to bring you safely to the end of your days at peace having accomplished all He desired for your time on earth.

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