Hello my Friends! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written a real live post! I’ve been spending A LOT of quiet time with the Lord this Summer..because ONE MORNING…God gave me a scripture:
“Without a Vision the People Perish” Proverbs 29:18a
Do you ever wake up some days and wonder “how did I get here?” Back in the day when I used to drink..I would often have that happen..I would black out and then wonder the next morning..how I got home, what I did the night before…what foolish things I had done. It always left a sick feeling in the pit of stomach. One that left me feeling so ashamed and guilt ridden that I could not look anyone in the face…so I would drink again to cover that shame and guilt.
I know that many of you may not relate to this kind of scenario..I say YAY to that!! But I am sure you have still made mistakes..that the next day you found yourself saying “why in the world did I do that!”
NO I HAVE NOT BEEN DRINKING…LOL!
Since those days..over 26 years ago…I still get that sick feeling when I get off of the path that God has for my life. Oh I don’t lose my vision often..but sometimes…It happens quickly..and before I know it I wonder..”how did I get here?” There is only one hope for me…
I run to my Father..shame and all..so that He can hold me and restore me again. So that I can start over fresh and forgiven and FREE! Is that what you do? Or do you run away..I used to do that too…until I realized how much my Heavenly Father LONGS to restore me and love me! He Pursues me until I turn around and look Him square in the face and say “I’m sorry Father” Oh the great relief I have when I am washed by His great Mercy!
Oh..sorry..back to my story..
Well ONE MORNING not too long ago I realized that I had lost my true VISION! Uh oh Lord..I’m walking down the wrong path!? It’s really NOT a BAD path..it’s just NOT the one the Lord has CHOSEN FOR ME.
I had all of these brilliant ideas and I was dragging the Lord along..or so I thought..LOL While He just let me indulge myself until I woke up that ONE MORNING and realized .. oh no..what am I doing? Even good things can get in the way of doing what the Lord has in our lives. The vision HE has for us, for our families, for our ministry.
Again Proverbs 29.18a says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish”
You see when we have a vision that is not God’s vision and we just run out on our own..God really can’t bless our mess. Oh yes..He will work all things together for good but the people begin to perish! When we start noticing this, we had better take another look at our Vision and Goals and make sure they line up with God’s Vision and Goals.
This Vision is different for everyone! Although the Biblical Principles are the same. our lives and callings are all different. However it’s so important that we look ahead..down the road and make sure that the decisions we make are going to take us to the right destination!
We need to recognize the SIGNS that we have gotten off of God’s path. Be alert to His Holy Spirit and His Voice! These are some of the signs to look out for when we have LOST OUR VISION:
- V - Vagueness – nothing is clear
- I - Impatience or Impatient
- S - Selfishness/Self Centeredness
- I - Irritated and irritable with others that are keeping us from OUR Vision
- O - Overwhelmed
- N - Negative..beginning to complain and not be thankful
I really had to repent before the Lord and listen to His voice concerning my priorities and this is what He showed me:
- God First!! Spend time everyday with Him, Worship Him..everyday, Listen to Him!
- My Health!! Exercise and be healthy
- My Family!! Marriage, Family Time, One on One time with kids. Minutes, days and years can NEVER be gotten back.
- My Home!! Make sure my home is in order: clean, organized, take pride in my home and get back to some of my projects
- My Friendships!! Make time for One on One
- My Church!! Serve where I can and when I can’t..no guilt..buy try to be involved where I can and for sure fellowship
- My Blog/Business/Work!! (this may farther up for others)
When we don’t have VISION in the important areas in our lives the people and our own lives begin to perish..to fall apart..the good news..we can turn around anytime and get back on the correct path!
Do you ever go down the wrong path?
Do you ever feel like it’s too late to turn around and go back..to start over?
Let’s make sure that our VISION lines up with God’s VISION..ok..
Blessings my friends!!