What is the vision of love, the vision of hope, the vision of peace, the vision of joy? Can you picture it?

Does it include the lonely, defeated and directionless?

Many times these individuals, who can very well include me and you, see the perfect vision as one filled only with new automobiles, dream homes, prestigious jobs and, of course, lots of money.

I don’t know about you, but I can picture a perfect future as one humongous toy box as big as my imagination. At first glance, this perfect vision seems limitless. A box, though, has a bottom, sides and a top. No matter how large it is, it is finite. Sometimes, it can even be a prison I have established.

What if instead, I enlarged my vision to be as limitless as the universe? What if the toy box confines were flung away, the only constraints being every inch of the universe? What would the dream be then?  What would the parameters be?

If I fill my life with dreams as big as the universe, I may begin to see myself as the boundless spirit God created me to be instead of a down-and-out, discouraged plodder through life taking two steps forward and one step back.

Maybe then I could look across an elevator, see into a stranger’s eyes and ask her from the depths of my heart, “How are doing?”  When she looks away and says, “Not so good,” I might have the courage to say, “I’ve got time for a cup of tea.  Would you like to talk?”

Or, if I ask a friend, “What’s happening?” and she says, “Nothing,”  I could take her hand in mine, look her in the eye and say, “Let’s meet for lunch this week. How’s Wednesday?”

The scripture speaks such truth when it says where there is no vision, the people, any person, the woman in the elevator, me, my friend, your friend, you, for instance, perish.

Living is so much more than all the stuff right now possesses. It is about people. It is about God. It is forever.

And, forever is a very long time.

“I look at the mountains and realize God is the reason I live. He gives visions to those who are younger and to those older he gives dreams.  He entreats me to write down all that I see so that people will read it and do what He says.”  Psalms 121:1; Joel 2:28; Habakkuk 2:2 (Personal Paraphrase)

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

What is one step you will take toward your vision, dream or passion today?

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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