“And the Lord answered me, and said write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” Habakkuk 2:2
This is a main verse in the Bible when it comes to talking about writing a vision. It is clear cut and defined in its instructions: If the vision is not clear and written, it loses its ability for those who read it to run. Yourself included.
Just hearing this powerful verse proclaimed many people still do not make the effort or take the time to write their personal vision. It sounds inspiring and motivating to hear a teacher or preacher proclaim, “Write the vision and make it plain…” But, it is another story when it comes to actually writing out and implementing it.
I have discovered that it takes more than just hearing an inspirational message, reading a book or attending a conference or event about vision. It takes a concentrated effort to take the time to write your vision and an unwavering commitment to implement it.
Here are some keys to unlocking and awakening vision for your life:
1. Vision is given to the one who is willing to listen.
In order for you to unlock the power of your vision, you must get in the secret place to listen for His directions. Your place can be a room in the basement, the living room after everyone is asleep, an early morning walk or a quiet place in the park. Your time alone with Him must be uninterrupted. Put away your mobile devices, turn off the television, and close your Facebook page.
2. Vision needs to be written down.
Writing will lead to refining. After you have spent time seeking God, write down in explicit details what He reveals to you. Write it in the present tense, as though it has already happened. A written vision gives you the correct directions you need to follow to get to your desired destination. It gives you the inspiration and motivation you need to push through life’s toughest challenges.
3. Vision must be made plain.
You need to write your vision in plain, simple to understand language that even a fifth grader can grasp it. Creating a vision that is clear and simple to understand eliminates confusion that can hinder your progress. A vision that is plain will energize and ignite an excitement in everyone that is connected to it and they will run with it in eager anticipation.
4. Vision must be posted.
Once you have written your vision and made it plain, now it is time to post it so that everyone connected to it can read it. Your posted vision statement is your constant reminder of what is possible in your life, family and/or marriage if you follow its directions. It becomes your motivator to overcome life’s discouragements, distractions and disappointments that comes against your vision.
5. Vision overcomes obstacles.
Do not think because God gives you a clear vision that everything is going to be smooth sailing. You are going to encounter some steep challenges and you will hit some unforeseeable turbulence. But, a vision from God gives you the strength and courage to pursue it with an aggressive offensive attack that empowers you to overcome any obstacle that stands in your way.
6. Vision will manifest itself in God’s time.
Do not rush your vision. Be patient. When you make your own plans to manifest your vision, you force those plans into your own timetable and can possibly delay or detour your destiny. Visions manifest when God determines the right time.
7. Vision must be lived by faith.
The more you focus your attention on your vision the more your faith grows. Taking slow and steady faith steps on your vision journey opens the door for opportunities to succeed. If you choose to activate your faith, you will courageously move forward in following your promised path that leads to vision success.
If you implement these keys, your vision will powerfully impact your life, family and everyone connected to you.
Below is a vision worksheet you can download and get started on writing your vision!