Self - Personal
"And the Lord answered me: Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it." - Habakkuk 2:2
During this time of year, many people set goals, but not many write them down, and even fewer follow through with them. We have some great ideas and plans, but they drift off in the busyness of life. We forget them and start to get lost in the shuffle. Having a vision gives you direction, purpose, and something to strive for. Without one, you can become aimless and vulnerable to quitting.
Helen Keller, who was blind, once asked the following, what is worse than being born blind? Her response was, "having sight but no vision." In fact, in Proverbs, the Bible states that where there is no vision, people perish. So, it is important to not only set goals but to write them down, so you can look back on them. Place them in areas where you will see them frequently to be reminded and refocus.
Part of having a vision for your life involves asking God what His plan is for your life and waiting on the response. Waiting is important, don't try and run with a vision that you haven't prayed about and written down. Setting goals can be a good thing, but before you take off with it, make sure it's a God thing.
Father God, during this time, as I'm looking ahead at this year and what you would have me accomplish, I ask that you show me what that is. And Father, I ask that you give me the guidance, wisdom, strength, and endurance to carry out the vision so that as I run with it, I don't falter and become discouraged. And Father, give me the wisdom to write it down and carry it with me as I go forward into the plans you have for me. Amen.