Thankfulness: Vision

I have worn glasses since I was 8 years old, so I barely remember a time when I was able to see without the aid of something else. We first discovered just how bad my vision was when at a baseball game I couldn’t clearly identify the score without squinting my eyes. From this we learned that I had become very near sighted because I had spent the vast majority of my time reading. As I child I wouldn’t put books down; I would read in the car, at home, at school, even when walking around the house. My eyes had adjusted to what they had become most accustomed to looking at: things that were close to me. I had become so centered on what was right in front of me that it impacted my ability to see far away. My vision had been compromised.

I am so thankful to be able to physically see through the aid of contacts and glasses, but I’m even more thankful for vision for my life.

This morning I woke up and immediately began praying for my future. Before my brain could even really register what was happening, my spirit was busy dreaming future plans. I am so thankful for these precious dreaming moments because my heart floods with hope and worship. But my dreams don’t merely warm my heart, they give me action steps to take. My vision for the future reframes what my today should look like.

What’s your vision for your future? Is there a dream God has placed inside of you to be fulfilled? What do you see in the coming years? What do you want to build toward? 

Honestly take some time to think about those questions. I’m mulling over them now and will continue to do so throughout the day and week. I see a bright future, I see businesses being brought to life and charities being funded. I see people’s lives being changed and light coming forth. I see myself writing and teaching others how to write well. I see me sharing with others what God has taught me. What do you see for your future? Write it down and tell someone else. You can write in the comments if you want, I would sure love to dream with you.

I hope that after you take some time to dream and envision your future you would tell someone else. There’s something so special about taking a vision that has been given and speaking about it with a few trusted friends. That’s the first step in making your beautiful, precious dream into a reality. From there, you can begin to move, making changes along the way as you become the person God’s called you to be in the future he’s given you vision for.

If people can’t see what God is doing,
     they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
     they are most blessed.

Lord, you are the ultimate visionary! You knew us before we were a thought in our parent’s minds, you dreamed us up before we took our first breaths. Forgive us for the times when we’ve shirked off or neglected your vision for our future. Thank you that your plans for us are so much bigger than our own. Give us dreams and visions and help us each day to walk them out. We commit to continually seek you as we passionately pursue the dreams you’ve given. Amen!

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