Wednesday, February 6, 2008

VISION to move :: Wednesday E-Devotion

Push forward.  Don't just sit there.  Act on it.  Do something.
 
As I think about vision, it comes to my attention that vision keeps us moving forward.  It won't let us sit still.  Again, this could be vision in all kinds of places...at home, at work, in your personal life and even at church.  My God-given vision for The Community drives me forward and won't let me sit still.  Think about it.
 
James 4:17 (nlt) --- Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
 
Philippians 3:12 (nlt) --- I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
 
Colossians 3:2 (nasb) --- Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
 
Romans 12:2 (nasb) --- And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Let God give you His vision.  When you do, you can not stay in one place, and you cannot avoid His truth.  Those four verses give people who have vision a real peace about being proactive.
 
Proactive or Reactive.  Which word best describes you?
 
What is the difference between reactive and proactive?  Proactive people know where they are going and push forward.  Reactive people let others rule and guide their lives.  Plus when we are reactive we often make decisions that are not as good and as sharp as they could have been when the situation was difference.
 
One of my favorite movies as of late illustrates this point well.  The movie is We Are Marshall.  It is the story of Marshall University's football program after much of their team was killed in a plane crash.  School officials wanted to cancel the football program, but one student drove a group of players and then the school to press on.  This student goes into a board meeting only to point the people to look out the window to see hundreds of students who begin shouting "we are Marshall".  One student made a huge difference.
 
Vision makes you move.  It won't let you stay in one place, and vision will help you leave a mark on the world.  Proactive.  Vision keeps us chasing the lion...it is all about Jesus!

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