Find the vision (3&4)

Find the vision (4)

‘Write the vision and make it plain’ Habakkuk 2:2

The thing with following God’s vision for you that’s really important to remember, is that whatever happens along the way, you’re in it together – God’s with you every step of the way. The chances are that at some point on your journey in following the vision, things will get a bit tough. Obstacles will spring up, people may even tell you that you’re a little young to do what God’s put on your heart. When that happens, go back to that bit of paper and remind yourself that this isn’t your vision, but God’s, and if He’s told you to go with it, that’s what you need to do. So don’t see obstacles as bad thingsinstead, face them head on, take a look at the tough moments, and see how they could make you stronger instead. What might look like an obstacle now could actually look more like a stepping stone helping you along when you look back on it later. Be encouraged by the story of Joseph in Genesis 39. His brothers sold him to slave traders, who sold him to Potiphar, who put him in prison where he met the butler, who introduced him to Pharaoh, who made him Prime Minister of Egypt – fulfilling his dream! He could have given up on his vision at any point during those tough times – but he didn’t. He trusted God, and God took him through it. Never stop following!

 

Find the vision (3)

‘Write the vision and make it plain’ Habakkuk 2:2

It’s one thing to find your vision, but that’s not enough – you’ve got to follow it too. What’s the use of having a present but never opening it, or knowing how to speak but never opening your mouth? An un-followed vision is just as useless! This is where the verse for these last few days really comes into its own. Grab a pen and paper right now – what are you waiting for? – and write down your vision. It may not be completely clear to you yet, but write it as plainly and simply as you can. What is it that you feel God is calling you to do? What dream has He given you? Maybe it’s to start up a youth service at church? Maybe to get involved in fair-trade? Maybe it’s to really throw yourself into Bible study so you can make sense of the Bible when you’re chatting to others? Maybe it’s to one day have a family of your own and to start preparing for that today? Maybe it’s to study hard so you can go to medical school and eventually become a doctor? It could be absolutely anything! Don’t worry how big or small it is – every person’s vision will be different – but get it down on paper. Now you need to come back to it every day, read it, remember it, and ask God to help you come up with a plan of action to make it happen. Start taking those first little steps forwards, and see where God takes you with it.

 

source UCB

http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=92&testdate=04 Jan 2011

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