If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard it said a thousand times: “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” I guess it’s understandable since this verse seems to be a pretty harsh warning for leaders who don’t take the time to cast a vision for their team. Let’s face it; perishing is not something most of us have on our 2012 to-do list. And, since almost every leadership guru, life coach, pastor, and consultant seems to agree on the importance of vision in leadership it must be a key element to success…or is it?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 41 years on this earth it’s to be leery of the masses. In other words, do your own research, along side of prayer and soul searching to find truth. This doesn’t mean we should discount the wisdom of others, it simply means we should confirm that it is, in fact, wisdom from TRUTH! To do this, it’s best to begin at the source, in this case, Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keeps the law, happy is he.
So what’s Solomon really saying about vision? To determine this we must understand what the word vision means in its’ context and not simply in the modern sense of the term. Why? Because today we typically assign the term visionary to; one who has envisioned a need or want in society, and then, after determining how to meet that need or want, communicates the “vision” to a team. All good stuff; however, this type of vision, more often than not, was created in one’s own mind and came from the desires and ideas of one’s own heart, which differs from the vision Solomon was calling us to in Proverbs.
The vision Solomon was talking about came from a Hebrew term that ultimately meant revelation or guiding communication from the lord. In essence, he was warning leaders of the danger of disregarding guidance from God along side of the benefits that would come from following God’s law. It seems clear the vision referred to in this scripture is way more about listening to God and allowing Him to guide us in His ways, than it is about laying out or communicating our own ideas, dreams, or even strategies with our team. (These are not bad things – just not the real point of the verse).
So here’s my challenge to you for 2012. First; be honest with yourself, is your vision about a dream or idea you’ve come up with on your own, or about Christ’s revelation and guidance for your life daily? Next, carve out time daily to pray, spend time in the word, and fellowship with others who’ll spur you onto a deeper relationship with Him. In doing this, you’ll be much more likely to stay on track with the vision that really matters in this life – His vision for you!
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