We’ve all got a vision.
At least we all should have a vision. Something that drives us, a central concept in our lives around which most (ideally all) things revolve.
Maybe central themes for each of us occur naturally, just in the way we choose to spend our time or invest our efforts. I suppose most people just aren’t aware of the notion that they’re living out some sort of vision, for better or for worse. Seems kind of dangerous.
I’ve thought about the weightiness of vision for a while, like it’s been a photograph hanging in the corner of the room. Partly unnoticed, but begging for a moment of attention. The wise King Solomon once wrote about the vital nature of vision, seeing beyond the external and temporary factors of a circumstance to the heart of the matter. To get ‘all King James Version up in yo grill,’ Proverbs 29:18 declares:
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Or, to put it in a different way, (via The Message):
“If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves.
But when they attend to what He reveals,
they are most blessed.”
People perish without vision. We aimlessly drift without an anchor. We need direction. We need purpose. But we’ve struck divine provision, because God seems to enjoy giving humans perspective outside of themselves. Partly because it helps us to get past ourselves or to realize the universe doesn’t revolve around us. Being stuck in one body for decades tends to create a strong bias. Something needs to break the bias. Something needs to change.
Changes reveal vision
My friend Christian and I discussed the pursuit of clear life vision over dark coffee and upholstered chairs. He’s approaching the edge of a tall cliff, proverbially speaking. A lot of details of his life will be changing in the near future. He’s working out the specifics of exactly where he’ll be, what he’ll be doing, and who he’ll be doing things with. This is a chance for him to fly.
There’s something about realizing your life has been converging into one grand symphony composed of different instrumentation out of varied corners of the stage. A lot of different people and different places and different moments have made a profound impact in the way you see and synthesize things. Our surroundings help to shape who we become.
Vision won’t be reached unless progress is made. Progress won’t be made unless personal growth instigates it. Growth doesn’t happen unless circumstances require it. Stretching circumstances won’t be occupied unless comfortable ones are rejected. Comfortable situations won’t be recognized as a hindrance unless an attitude shift occurs. An attitude shift won’t come about unless friction necessitates it. Friction is caused by unanswered questions, the disconnected synapses of understanding.
Grasping a vision requires asking meaningful questions.
Dwight J. Friesen writes about how new understanding is borne out of wrestling with questions, which produces a shift. Undergoing this sort of metamorphosis with other people can even reveal close ties of relationship and community:
“Paradigm shifts start with a view of the world that is more or less coherent but still has a few vital unanswered questions. When some of those vital unanswered questions begin to find resolution, those new resolutions have a way of realigning much of what was known and believed previously…Their new paradigm invites them to navigate a shared vision of life.”
– Thy Kingdom Connected
Vision through process
The way in which we focus our vision trains us to live more deeply on the path we tread. This is the necessity of undergoing process rather than instantly arriving at destination. Plus, there’s beauty to behold and moments to celebrate along the way. It’s better to drive through the labyrinth of the Rocky Mountains and see the golden-tipped corn fields of the Midwest than to take a red eye flight over mysterious, distant blips of light while the continent slumbers.
What questions have you asked that led to greater understanding? What kind of vision, or main theme, do you have for your life?