Find the vision (2&3)

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Find the vision (2&3)

Post  fennywest on Sun 09 Jan 2011, 2:38 pm

'Write the vision and make it plain' Habakkuk 2:2
It's one thing to find your vision, but that's not enough - you've got to follow it too. What's the use of having a present but never opening it, or knowing how to speak but never opening your mouth? An un-followed vision is just as useless! This is where the verse for these last few days really comes into its own. Grab a pen and paper right now - what are you waiting for? - and write down your vision. It may not be completely clear to you yet, but write it as plainly and simply as you can. What is it that you feel God is calling you to do? What dream has He given you? Maybe it's to start up a youth service at church? Maybe to get involved in fair-trade? Maybe it's to really throw yourself into Bible study so you can make sense of the Bible when you're chatting to others? Maybe it's to one day have a family of your own and to start preparing for that today? Maybe it's to study hard so you can go to medical school and eventually become a doctor? It could be absolutely anything! Don't worry how big or small it is - every person's vision will be different - but get it down on paper. Now you need to come back to it every day, read it, remember it, and ask God to help you come up with a plan of action to make it happen. Start taking those first little steps forwards, and see where God takes you with it.

source UCB Jan 2011

Find the vision (2)
'Write the vision and make it plain' Habakkuk 2:2
Right, so yesterday you had a think about the sort of things you're good at, skilled in and passionate about. Now it's time to take all that to God and see what He says to you. Yep, you guessed it - the next, and perhaps most important, key factor in finding your vision is to PRAY! Talk to God, ask Him what He wants to do through you - and then wait, and listen. Not sure if what you're hearing is God or not? Well, just remember these checkpoints, and if it ticks the boxes, then it looks like you've got yourself a vision: 1) Am I motivated by it and excited at the idea? 2) Will I stick at it, no matter what? 3) Do my wise Christian leaders and mates think I'm skilled in that area? 4) Will it be pleasing to God? It's a good move to chat to a mature Christian you trust about it too - see what they think and ask them to pray with you. Sometimes they can point out things you never would have even thought of as possibilities. You may not be quite as convinced as Jesus was about your purpose when He said 'for this reason I was born' (John 18:37 NIV), but once you've got an idea of your vision, go with it, and God will go with you. Don't put it off until you're older - it's never too early to find your vision and follow it.
source UCB Jan 2011
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