Friday, October 17, 2008

A Dime A Dozen - Vision

"Visions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what should be."

If this definition of vision is in the ballpark, then I have tons of it. However, I seem to lack the ability to either step out in faith or cultivate direction in which to push forth vision. Throw on top of that the issue that every single person is viewing the world through different eyes (essentially their "vision") and that getting people to latch on to your "eyes" is a tough sell...

One might envision reaching the streets of Phoenix. One might want to pioneer into inner city Providence. A person might feel the call for the election of someone other than McCain or Obama. A Progressive might try to make poverty a bigger issue than it is. Someone has a vision to reach the Middle East for Jesus. Another envisions a socialist America.

This generation, the postmodern generation, in which I am especially connected to, has no lack in vision. What they lack, what I lack, is the means to make the vision happen. I have a bunch of different causes...many of those seen one day I feel like I need to proclaim the Revolutionary Way of Jesus, His egalitarianism, His love for the poor...other days I want to take it to Washington! Then some days I want to sit with Muslims in a far off land and hear their story..then I also have times of heartache for my brothers and sisters doing ministry right here at home who need community, teammates.

So this "vision" can pull me in so many directions that what ends up happening is that I have ultimately no vision! Amazing how that works!!

Oh God, cast my vision, let it be one with Yours. Direct my paths, lead me in the Way.


Anonymous said...

AMEN! Your last line...prayer needs to be the cry of all Christians here and abroad. Praying this with you and your family, and all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. The hardest part is truly being quiet enough to hear God's direction in it's purest form, void of "our visions", and earnestly waiting on the Lord. That is what we've been studying lately..."What does it truly mean to wait on the Lord?"

We love and miss you guys,

The Carey fam

Inesperado Paradero said...

Yes, we sometimes get confused, because there is SO MUCH TO CHANGE.
But God is able to guide us when we surrender ourselves to let him lead the path.
In your case my impression is that in fact you seem to have a vision:
Which is "Proclaim the Revolutionary Way of Jesus, His egalitarianism, His love for the poor".
Your other options in your list seem to be the ways to make it possible.
Only an opinion.