Thursday, August 22, 2013
Vision, Mission and Dreams - “Far more important than having a mission and vision statement is having a clear mission and vision!” Without a clear mission or vision it is difficult to identify if you are operating your life consistently with your values. We all have values but are they clear and are we living according to them. Visions and dreams help us to become more and having visions and dreams can add clarity to our lives. My favorite quote on dreams is the one from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his speech “I have a dream.” My favorite part is that he states “I have a dream”. I think far too many people can’t say “I have a dream.” My favorite quote on vision comes from the Bible. Proverbs 29:18 speaks to me when it says “Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Matthew Henry gives a good commentary on this verse when he writes: “How bare does a place look without Bibles and ministers! And what an easy prey is it to the enemy of souls! That gospel is an open vision, which holds forth Christ, which humbles the sinner and exalts the Saviour, which promotes holiness in the life and conversation: and these are precious truths to keep the soul alive, and prevent it from perishing.” Take a moment today and reflect upon you vision, mission and dreams. Are they written down? If not take some time to put them in writing. Are you living your life consistenly with them? If not identify the gaps and consider ways you can begin to close those gaps so your values line up with your actions. Your vision, mission and dreams don’t have to be public but they can provide for you privately motivation and inspiration to exceed your self imposed limitations.