Spiritual Practice of Vision
Tonight in our teleconference class we talked about vision and why vision is important as we endeavor to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Jesus had a vision of what life could be like here on earth and he dedicated his whole life to it.
In my book I say, “Vision is a powerful force that takes hold of you and won’t let go. It demands that you pay attention and take action once you get a glimpse of it. It is the force that propels you forward and launches you out of your everyday existence. Vision is the dream that replaces the mundane with passion and enthusiasm. With vision, you feel as if you have input into your own life and are no longer haphazardly cast about.”
Having a vision means that we bring meaning and purpose to the most mundane activities. As I write this, I am listening for the ring of the dryer letting me know that our sheets are dry. Those are the nitty gritty kinds of details that we all have to deal with. My vision of a world where everyone knows that they are beloved helps me bring meaning even to the laundry. I bless my sheets knowing that they will help my husband and I have a better night’s sleep. I dedicate the act of washing them to serving and loving my husband. It is my way today that I can make both of our lives a little better and show him how I valued and appreciate him.
Vision is the possibility of a more meaningful, joyous life. It gives us direction and purpose. We all have a vision. This does not mean that we will all become Oprah’s or Bill Gates rather we will live and contribute according to our own unique design.
To practice vision, I invited the callers and now you to pick a quality that you admire in Jesus and commit to expressing more of that quality in your life. It may be his capacity to forgive, or know the divine in all or just trust that his needs are met. As each one of us commits to developing more of this quality and expressing it through our day, we grow in to the people that we are created to be and do our part to bring about Jesus’ vision of heaven on earth.
Join me this week as together we do our part to become the people God created us to be and to make our contribution to making the world a little better place.