"Then the Lord answered me and said:
'Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.'" — Habakkuk 2: 2-3 NRSVUE
What do we want? Stories of men and women who have achieved begin the same way: They knew what they wanted and then worked with their eyes focused on the end result. Sound simple? It is. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is a straightforward process.
First, we determine what it is we truly want. And then we pursue it without thought of failure. Because I am a follower of Christ, it means determining what I believe Christ would have me to do. This process begins by asking God directly what He wants and asking Him to show me what it is. I pray and listen to what God might speak in that deep, quiet place in my heart. Then I say aloud what I’m thinking. Hearing myself speak sharpens what is at first just a notion of a vision.
Next, Kathy and I talk. Her insights are valuable and whatever I determine God wants will impact our lives together. I also share these fragile beginnings of a vision with people I hold in high regard and who I’ve learned to trust.
I truly know what it is I want when I can speak it out loud without hesitation and in only a handful of words. Once I can do this, I continue to speak it out loud. This process sets my mind and heart to finding ways to accomplish the goal. And it keeps the vision fresh and clear. So, what’s your vision? Prayer: Lord, open our eyes, ears and heart to what You would have us do.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Sanders has books of devotions available locally at Kens Village Market in Indian River.
This article originally appeared on The Petoskey News-Review: Daily Devotional: What do we want?