Visions for the Future
What visions do you have for a better community?
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The focus for this week is on vision. A vision is a change that someone imagines for something. People can have visions for anything, whether it is for their workplace or to enhance other people’s lives. For instance, a cleaner neighborhood can be someone’s vision. To successfully carry out their visions, student leaders must form their vision, confess their sins, and collaborate with others to make it a reality.
First, you must form a vision before you can cast one. To form a vision, think of how you could positively impact something or someone. You can do this by looking around your community or workplace. For example, imagine that you see a gaping hole in the roof above your workspace. Before you can fix the hole, you must first have a vision to fix it. In addition, you can have a vision for yourself. These visions are how you can make yourself a better person. For instance, if you tend to procrastinate, you can have a vision to start your work at a reasonable time. No matter what visions you choose to have, you will have to practice them.
Next, repenting your sins can help you cast your vision. If you want to see a change happen, you must start practicing it yourself. Confessing sins helps because it solidifies the change. When you confess your sins, it leaves you stronger than you were before. Sharing them with God does not necessarily mean that you will not repeat those sins, but it gives you the strength not to. Not only should visionaries practice their visions themselves, but they should practice them with other people.
Finally, if you are a visionary, you should collaborate with others to enact your visions. Collaborating with others will help the vision come true, since multiple people are sharing the workload. Imagine that you still had the vision of fixing the hole in the roof. You might be able to fix it yourself, but it would be easier and take less time to work with someone else on it. You can also collaborate with others by helping them with their vision. Helping others with their visions not only allows theirs to come to fruition, but it could give you ideas on how to fulfill yours.
In conclusion, a vision is how you want to impact something or someone. To fulfill your vision, first you must develop one. You can do this by looking around your neighborhood and surroundings. Once you have a vision, you will have to begin putting it into practice. To do this, start by confessing your sins to God, so you will not repeat the same mistakes. Lastly, to ensure a vision is put in motion, collaborate with other people. This makes for a more efficient process for the vision. My challenge for you is to see at least one vision through this week. From when you first form one, to working it out with others, try to complete at least one.
Some discussion questions are “How can a vision impact a society?” and “Where are other places you can think of to form visions?”
Dear God, we enact visions so that we can change the way things are. I pray that you direct these visions to be positive and to change people for the better. I pray that you allow us to repent of our sins, so that we can cast our visions. Additionally, I ask that you give us the strength to collaborate with others, so that our visions can come out the best that they can be. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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