Helen Keller was born in 1880, and at 19 months old, she was stricken with an acute illness that left her both deaf and blind. Nevertheless, in 1904, she was able to graduate from Radcliffe College with honors. I think it was she that when asked, “What could be worse, than being deaf and blind?” answered by saying, “Having sight with no vision…”
Being able to physically see, but not being sure where you need to go, can be frustrating. You may be experiencing this right now. However, we see from Helen Keller that if our mind is set on a goal, we can achieve it, even if we cannot see it with natural eyes. This is why being humble enough to receive guidance is necessary. Deaf and blind, or fully functional, at some point in this life we will all need the help of others. The way you see and receive what is brought to you can mean the difference between failure and graduating with honors.
In my understanding sight is more of a physical ability, and vision is more of mental capability. For example: Two people can look at the same object. One sees a worthless rock and kicks it aside; while the other sees a diamond, and begins a financial empire. They both have sight, but depth of vision produced two totally different outcomes. How many opportunities have you missed because of a lack of vision?
Remember, vision is more than just observing what is in front of us; it is being able to see what is in front of us and using that to take us through what lies ahead. One person can be fired from a job and only see that they are unemployed and need someone else to work for; while another person gets fired by the same employer, but instead of finding someone else to work for, they see an opportunity to create their own business, become an employer, and never get fired again.
The Bible tells us to write down our vision plainly so that when read, it is easily understood. This is not a new concept. Take into account that when business owners seek to start their business, they have to create what is called a business plan. A business plan is a blueprint or a map that shows how the business will operate, who it benefits, how much it will cost to run, projected income, and who is responsible for it. If it takes a plan to successfully run a business shouldn’t we at least have a plan to run our lives?
Ask yourself this question. Do I have a plan (vision) for my life, or am I just existing or being driven by someone else’s vision? If you don’t have a plan for your life, you have nothing to refer to when you want to make sure you are on track.
I read a book that said it was more necessary to know why you were born, than to know the fact that you were birthed. To accomplish your vision, you must have a clear understanding of the purpose for your life. Clarity of purpose will keep you from being derailed by distractions. I agree with that statement and have recently been convicted of the unintentionality at times in my life. That conviction has caused me to sit down and through prayer write out what I felt was God’s purpose in my life. That experience has caused me to look at my work in ministry through a different lens. I believe God wants us to be intentional in our lives in order to accomplish what He has purposed for.
I therefore challenge you to sit down with pen and paper and no distractions (this means put up your phone) and through prayer write out what God has purposed you for. We must understand that our lives are more important than a business, and therefore deserve to be guided and cared for with a plan. Please don’t be the one that looks back five years from now only to discover that you are that person with physical sight but absolutely no vision.