It’s guest post Monday! This post is written by Bernard Haynes. He writes on leadership and vision at Lead to Impact. You can connect with him on Twitter and Facebook. You can also read his book Vision Impact by clicking here. If you would like to have a post featured on my site then click here.
“Relying totally on what you see with your physical eyes can blind you from seeing your future possibilities.” Bernard Haynes
Have you been operating your life by sight or vision? Vision is the source and hope of life. One of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind is the gift of vision.
What could possibly be more satisfying than to know that the God of the universe wants you to operate your life by His vision and not by your physical sight. No inventions, products, great accomplishments, or even God’s creation of the universe was accomplished without the inspiring power of vision. Vision is the engine that drives progress.
Sight without vision is dangerous because it blinds your hope for a better future. Operating by sight can cause you to see the problems and challenges around you instead of the solutions that reside within you. You see the stack of bills, the near negative bank account, the down turn in the economy, struggles at home and the decline in the job market. Do not allow what your eyes see as impossible cancel out what your vision knows is possible.
Think about a pinecone. One pinecone has hidden within it the incredible potential to produce a forest that can provide crucial resources for a nation. One pinecone has the incredible power to bless millions even after it has left the scene. Can I let you in on a secret; the same thing is true of you? God has placed within you the potential of turning your seed (purpose) into a passionate, powerful and productive vision that will change your life and positively affect the lives of everyone that is connected to you.
If you are struggling with moving from sight to vision, here are five key truths that will help you through your process.
- Sight is a function of the eyes, while vision is a function of faith.
- Sight is the ability to see things as they are, while vision is the ability to see things as they could or should be.
- Sight is confined to your current environment, while vision sees beyond your now to your future possibilities.
- Sight is based upon what your eyes determine to be true; while vision focuses on what God’s Word says is true.
- Sight is fueled by an idea that will bring temporary satisfaction, while vision is fueled by an idea that is so powerful that it can live beyond the grave.
Question: What can you do to move from sight to vision?