A few months ago, all of kids were home, with grandkids for our youngest daughter’s wedding . . . Andrea, Brandon, Bentley & Arrington . . . Alyssa and Jason . . . Amanda, Kenny, Sammy and Aria . . . and Alydia & Mitchell
Sitting around the dinner table is so different now. It’s large . . . it’s loud . . . it’s chaotic . . . it’s just good.
Without exception, we find ourselves talking about how the older girls feel the younger girls got away with more “stuff”. And, everyone thinks Alydia gets away with too much. Honestly, we love it.
But in the talking there is a lot of seeing. Read More
“I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Ps 132:3-5)
David had a passion and priority for the presence of God. These were reflected by his devotion and determination, leading to a dedication of God’s house among His people.
Today, we are His temple with His abiding Spirit. May we have a passion and priority to be In His presence. Let us lead with hearts of single minded devotion and sacrificial determination.
I love visionary leaders. The see what others cannot. They believe with a faith that is deep and flowing. Yet, with almost every visionary leader, there is a struggle to get the vision from their sacredness of their heart and head to the “streets” where it can have life and movement.
VISION: A mental picture of a result to be achieved. It is a picture so clear and compelling that it creates movement, direction and fulfillment. A vision is not an ambiguous wish, dream or hope. It’s a picture of the real results of real efforts. It looks with expectation to the future by educating and energizes the present.
In his 2001 book, “Visioneering”, Andy Stanley lays the “blueprint” for establishing personal vision. He defines vision as that which is “formed in the hearts of those who are dissatisfied with the status quo . . . something that should be done . . . the element that catapults men and women out of the realm of passive concern and into action”. Stanley quotes Aristotle who says “The soul never thinks without a picture.”
Webster’s defines vision as, “the ability to foresee or perceive something not actually visible, as through mental acuteness.” Myles Munroe says, “Vision is the ability to see farther than your physical eyes can look”. According to George Barna, “Vision transcends time”. Yet, Sanders says vision includes optimism and faith and is venturous. Jim Collins sees vision a bit differently. His “hedgehog concept” is realizing the one thing you were called to do well and focusing and filtering all other ideas through that one concept.
“Visions are the catalyst for creating systems. Systems may fail, but those systems that have been created in response to a vision have the ability to change and adapt because the end result (achieving the vision) is the goal, the process of production is merely the means by which the goal is reached. True visionaries in the church build their ministries around their vision and not vice versa. (Is Vision Really Necessary For The Church, passionforpreaching.net)
In a process of clarification to a Mission Statement, I created the following workflow that uses six steps to help reveal and refine a vision. Read More
”O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. (Ps 131:1). Humility cures a prideful heart & clarifies a pure vision. David’s heart of humility guided his appreciation for God, as well as guarded his ambition.
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. (Ps 131:2).
Cure the prideful heart.
Clarify a pure vision.
Complete a peaceful trust.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.”
I try not to post political comments . . . but much of this is about leadership, management and so often, failure.
In all of the discussions about our economy, we continue model for adult daughters and their husbands . . . that it takes work to get ahead . . . and work is not easy . . . that’s why they call it WORK!
Suppose that every day, ten friends go out for breakfast and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: Read More