Without a vision the people perish. With a vision that is too overwhelming they cower in fear and never get started. They do nothing. And the vision perishes.

We are called to be vision keepers no matter how small or humongous the vision seems.

Let’s assume you have a vision and it seems to loom over you like a giant waiting to pounce.  It keeps you up at night thinking of ways you can accomplish it but, at every turn you feel defeated. You don’t have enough money, education, experience.  You figure it’s better to have no vision rather than be consumed by this vision.

What do you do with a vision, a dream, a goal like that?

Fear it

We can be like Gideon. He felt defeated and not able to complete the thing asked of him.  It is no accident he was given something he was afraid to tackle.

Fear is a big stumbling block to accomplishing a vision.  Gideon suddenly saw his weakness. Even though the angel told him he was a mighty man of God, he was afraid God had left him, so afraid that he asked for confirmation three times. I think I’ve stopped counting the numbers of times I’ve asked for confirmation. How about you?

Call it chaotic

It is no accident you and I have been given our pieces of the puzzle, our visions to accomplish. But in order to do it we will have to step out of our comfort zones and into the chaos.  If there is no chaos, there is no need of change; no need for vision.

Even though Moses had numerous objections to what God wanted him to do, he finally decided to take a step into what he knew would be utter chaos. He wasn’t disappointed. When he asked Pharaoh to release the people of Israel and he refused, there were plagues. Since he was there, he had to endure them.

Pharaoh waffled on his decisions agreeing to let the people go and then saying he had changed his mind. Even after he agreed and they had left, he chased them until the Red Sea swallowed him and all his armies. Despite the chaos, the vision was accomplished, though Moses never got to see it through to its completion.

Run from it

Moses could have run from the vision the first time Pharaoh waffled on his decision. So can you. So can I. However, I have a feeling if we do run, we will be like Jonah, the vision will chase us down, swallow us whole and spit us out in a place where we have no choice but to accomplish it.

Ignore it

There’s yet another possibility, you can ignore the vision and it will be given to someone else. The Bible is full of someone elses who took up the vision.

David wasn’t someone else. When someone was needed to fight the giant Goliath, David was innocent enough to believe God would fight the battle for him.

I wonder how many thousands of others in the Israeli army God spoke to first or even at the same time? Only David answered. Only David is the one remembered for the victory. Only David saw the vision.

Act on it

The Bible doesn’t tell us how many people refused to accept the vision. That’s because the only ones who matter are those who see it, embrace it and act on it.

What is your vision? Will you take a step today even a baby step towards it? Or will you run, make excuses and cower in fear? Your destiny is only as good as your next step.

“Write the vision, make it plain so that those who read it may run with it.”

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach, podcaster and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off since 2013.

Her books include: "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor"; "Sweet Surrender: Breaking Strongholds"; "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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