Vision


Golfer’s Vision

How was your golf game, dear?” asked Jack’s wife Tracy.
“Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight’s gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.”
“But you are already 75 years old, Jack!” admonished his wife, “Why don’t you take my brother Scott along?”
“But he’s 85 and doesn’t play golf anymore”, protested Jack.
“But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your ball.” Tracy pointed out.
The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on, Jack swung, and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. “Did you see it?” asked Jack.
“Yup”, Scott answered.
“Well where is it?” yelled Jack, peering off into the distance.
“I forgot.”

Proverbs 29:18 says this, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  So how’s your vision?  How is the church family’s vision?  Vision should help us see where we’re going and what we should be doing.  The writer of Proverbs makes a keen insight.  When there is no vision…people have a tendency to be really off beam…maybe with the best of intentions.  This really applies to us as a church family.  We want to know for sure the basis of all we do so we don’t “cast off restraint” and do things that are counter-productive.

Mission statements do a slightly different thing.  Mission implies action.  A mission statement directs what/how we fulfill the vision.  We can see and understand (vision) what God wants us to do as a family, and we can see how (mission) He wants us to do it.  And believe it or not, the Bible is pretty clear on both of these things.

I’ve always said that God does not make it hard for us to come back to Him.  We don’t have a 10 point checklist we have to complete by the time we kick the bucket in order to go to Heaven.  Jesus said, “Believe in me” and “Follow me” (John 11:5, Mark 1:17).  In the “Follow me” part of this He gets a tad more detailed when asked what the greatest commandment is.  He says that we should love God with everything we have and love people like ourselves (Matt 22:37-40).  How we do that in the Kingdom is defined this way, “Go make disciples…baptizing and teaching them…” (Matt 28:18-20).  Those two things provide for us a foundation with which to evaluate everything we do as an individual or as a church.  It’s pretty simple.

As an individual, our purpose is to love God and others and bring Him glory by what we do.  As a church, our purpose is to love God and others and bring Him glory by what we do.

Pepsi Co. says that they intend to be the best convenient beverage and food maker and distributor in all the world.  Recognize these names?  Pepsi, Sprite, Quaker Oats, Ruggles Chips, Frito Lay, Lipton Tea.  I’d say Pepsi is doing great with their vision.  How about Target?  Expect More/Pay Less.  And World Vision (note the very name of the organization)?  “Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness; Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.”  If you watch how World Vision operates, they hold their vision close and perform their mission in a superb way.  Why should each Christian and each church family be any different?

For an individual to evaluate how their doing…a simple two part question needs to be asked, “Is everything I am Gods, and is everything I do pleasing to Him?”  As a church…well…the same can be asked.  And this question needs to be asked frequently.

The writer of Proverbs says that when we stay within those guidelines, we are happy.  I want to be happy and I know you do too.  Let’s work together to not only be happy ourselves, but to bless the people around us with True Peace.

Love, Serve, Spread the Word,

Ed

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