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Where’s the vision?


In The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge, offers a challenging analysis. His assessment of our culture is that we are missing a priceless part of life. “Most adults,” Senge says, “have little sense of real vision. They have goals and objectives, but these are not visions.” He’s right. When there is no vision, we fight and blame and grow cynical and distrusting.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. “Do you have a dream?”

God wants to be engaged in our future. He has commissioned his Spirit to invade our imagination, to dream in us, and speak the future through us. Nothing can stop God from being visionary, but in many cases we have ceased to believe, to even expect God to leads us into a new future; we doubt the future so desperately that we settle for trying to re-claim the past.

Denying the power of, and living unplugged from, the God of our Genesis, leaves us fragmented, confused and more than a little frustrated. Even with our best efforts, we end up doing a miserable job of re-claiming the past, and a impotent job of envisioning the future. We are a stuck generation, close to becoming a discontinued brand.

Refusing to hear the God who still speaks, our struggling leaders have preempted his voice and interposed their own…the result is disastrous. While current leaders spend time printing money, casting blame, protecting control, and maligning the authority of family, we drift, listening gently for “still small voice” with vision.

God’s voice still works. The first Christian preacher spoke of it in his first sermon (Acts 2:17). And, God’s Spirit is still speaking, He is still shaping our future, breathing new dreams and casting new visions. God invented imagination and, if we let him, he will connect with ours. He already sees the future in us and he wants us to do the same.

Quit blaming the left, or the right, or the courts, or your past. Repent and listen. Blame doesn’t fix anything. Give it up to the creator. It’s time for new focus. He has dreams and visions that are bigger than us…way bigger.

So, are you ready for life in the middle of a holy vision? Want to pack new meaning into your years?

Most of us will answer that question on the surface… We will click-off a list of goals, or desires, or wishes. We want a better job, a better house. a safer neighborhood, a new place for mother-in-law, a body without pain, or a new “hotty” body. Great goals, I guess, but not a vision.


It was at the end of the seminar on world peace when Robert asked, “Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?”

To the surprise of the other students, Alexander Papaderos took Robert Fulghum’s playful question seriously. Taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished through the contents till be found a small round mirror, about the size of a quarter.

“When I was a small child,” he said, “during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village on Crete. One day, along an old country road, I found a German motorcycle that had been wrecked. It was a wonderful find for a small boy. As I stood the bike up, I noticed something unexpected.”

“The mirrored headlight glass had shattered into unusual pieces. I tried to find them all and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept the one that was shaped like a circle. This one. And by scratching it on a stone I made it smooth on the edges. From that day forward, when I was bored, I would pull out my little mirror and reflect light into any dark places I could find, deep holes and crevices and dark closets. It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places.”

Papaderos kept the little mirror, and as he grew up it became more and more important to him; it became a symbol of his life. In fact, that little mirror helped keep his focus on what was really important to him.

The old professor held the mirror up and said, “You see, I have found my vision, my reason to be alive, I shine the light into every dark corner I can find. That, Sir, is the meaning of my life.”


Before God can give a new vision, we have to be empty of our self-promotion, our arrogance and pride. When we give it up, yield to the giver of life and the inventor of imagination, dreams and visions happen.

It’s past time to listen for his direction, to read about his will, and to stand on his promises.

He is more than ready to open your eyes and your ears. He longs to introduce you to a new calling, a vision bigger than yourself.

He will empower you to do impossible things, beyond what you can think or imagine. He will infuse you with the ability to see the future and the invisible in the lives of others.

In short, when you follow his lead he gets the credit and you get the joy. Problems get solved, relationships get healed, and miracles happen.

He created light you know. Are you ready for his vision? Are you ready to reflect light into every dark corner you can find?

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January 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More