Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. - Proverbs 29:18
It is hard to get somewhere if we don't know where we are going, isn't it? First of all, if we don't have a map or a plan, we will most likely get lost along the way and end up wandering aimlessly around. Secondly, if we don't have a good positive sense of what the end of our journey will bring, we might quit before we reach our destination. Change is hard without some form of motivation.
Abraham was no stranger to change. Thanks to God he found his whole life in a state of upheaval as he left his country to pursue a land God had promised for him. To motivate him, God kept reminding Abraham of the end goal - that his descendents would number the dust of the earth - and even allowed Abraham to get a little "taste" of the land.
And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: "Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are - northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then yur descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you." - Ge 13:14-17 NKJV
Casting a detailed vision is a key step in motivating us toward our goals. If we can fully picture ourselves in a future situation, we will be more motivated to get there. When times get tough we can know that our sacrifices will pay off in the end. When we struggle in being excited about doing the things we would not prefer doing, we can remember that even the little mundane chores have a purpose for the big picture.
Are you where you want to be in your professional, church, family, social or ministry life? Do you know where you want to be? Maybe you have some goals in mind but are getting bogged down in the details or are frustrated with the process. Taking the time to cast a vision for yourself or your team will have a huge impact on motivating you toward your goals. Do a little dreaming today.
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.