Write the Vision - 4 Steps to Clarifying Your Path to Success
I was in my mid 20s the first time I remember hearing the words, “Write the vision and make it plain…” (Habakkuk 2:2-3, NKJV).
For the first time in my life, I was willingly attending church. With few exceptions, you could find me at the church house Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, Bible in one hand, notebook in the other.
One Sunday morning, after the congregation had been sufficiently primed by the angelic sounds of the choir, the pastor slowly approached the podium, his face thought-full. His voice, although deep, started soft, gentle, conversational. He was clearly getting us ready.
After a brief anecdote, he cited the scripture (Habakkuk 2:2-3). He spoke with great conviction and passion, pausing periodically for effect. His eyes scanned the crowd as he moved about the stage.
I sat there, taking it all in as I tried to ignore this round of confused thoughts…
What was the vision for me? Had I already missed the memo? I don’t love surprises.
Plain? What does that mean? Plain isn’t fun. I don’t know how to do “plain”.
When will the time come? I’m just hearing about this vision. Had my time already passed?
How will I know when it’s time? Will I get a letter? A message in a bottle?
Shouts of “Yes, Lord!”, “Hallelujah!” and “Amen!” echoed through the sanctuary. Fevered hand claps of praise surrounded me.
Clearly, those people already knew their vision and had plenty of paper to get to writin’!
After much soul searching (close to 8 years to be exact-ish), I realized that surprises ain’t that bad, “plain” could be quite liberating, my time had not passed and vision can never be bottled.
You see, we were all born with a Divine vision. And, when we allow experience to be a beloved teacher, not an ominous foe, we are able to create clarity around that vision, opening door after door to our greater purpose.
It is that clarity that then allows us to choose to stop questioning our journey and, instead, enjoy the ride, believing for the gift of Divine guidance along the way.
Are you ready to write your vision? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Surprises ain’t that bad. As we seek clarity around our vision, the inclination is to ask pressing questions like, “But, how?” or “Ok. But when?” and “Uuummm…Why?” It is natural to feel you need all the answers before you continue on your path. But, choosing to move in spite of unanswered questions lends to growth and clarity.
“Plain” can be quite liberating. Making our vision “plain” does not diminish its greatness. It simply allows us to move more freely, with a deeper understanding who we are as individuals and our greater purpose.
Your time has not passed. We can easily become overwhelmed with the journey, convincing ourselves that the work is too hard and our time must have passed. It is in those moments that we must take a break to reset mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually (reset ideas - salt bath, nature walk, journaling, workout, meditate, nap, etc).
Vision can never be bottled. Yes. There may be times when you just want to follow the path of another, feeling that their work seems easier than yours. Don’t do it. Your vision is unique to who you are. Don’t run from it. Embrace it!
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