If someone were to ask you to define the word “vision” how would you respond? What words would you put together to define this word without referring to dictionary.com? Hard one, right? For me, yes. I’ve heard the word vision thousands of times, I know what it is but it’s so hard to define. There is the obvious definition that refers to actual sight. But the vision that is hard to define could be one reason why some lack it. This vision can be defined as:
a : the act or power of imagination
b (1) : mode of seeing or conceiving
(2) : unusual discernment or foresight
Growing up in church, I always heard write the vision and make it plain. It wasn’t until around my early 20’s that I started to apply that scripture, Habakkuk 2:2, to my personal life. The more I wrote, the more I was able to revel in the manifestation of the vision.
I have kept a journal since I was nine years old. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. I write about my daily observations, hopes, dreams and even prayers. Sure, I can make mental notes of how my day played out or my 3-month plan. But if you’re like me, writing makes it more concrete. Writing something down typically denotes importance. Anything I decide to take time out to actually write down is something I want to eventually come back to.
Vision provides an image for us of what we would like to see in the future. It should fuel our passion to actively pursue that future. So, can I have vision and not write it down? Absolutely. But will you remember it? Will it remain in the forefront of your mind? There have been times I’ve been smack dab in the middle of doing something like cooking dinner or giving the kid a bath and a brilliant thought crosses my mind. I’ll remember it. Then a few days pass by and I don’t remember a thing about it. Thoughts really do slip your mind.
The brutal truth: vision you choose not to record has the danger of remaining imaginary.
God has vastly unique methods to grab our attention. He speaks to all of us in ways in which we can individually understand. He knows his children by name and has vision for each of them. So, when he imparts vision to us it’s extremely important to write it down. And write it so that it can be understood.
Without vision, we can vanish in the humdrum details that delay accomplishing the overall goal. Writing and sharing the vision for our own lives provides motivation and constructs our individual behavior. Writing the vision also influences our daily choices. We all have our own ways of writing our visions down. Some journal and some write lists. Vision boards have also allowed us to revisit the visions we have for our lives.
Whichever your method, I urge you to be consistent in recording the vision. Write it down, type it out, create new posts on your vision board. Recording your visions is key to bringing them to life.
What are your favorite methods for recording your vision?