Have you ever had a great idea? Ever woken up to have something on your mind you knew was great, but because you were so busy you didn't have time to write it down? But did you have it happen that when you tried to write it down later in the day it seemed that the thought or vision disappeared?
Thoughts can change things when they are implemented. One of the first steps you should do is write it down as soon as possible. Don't wait until later. I don't know how many times I began my day with what I thought was an incredible idea or vision, but never wrote it down. If it is not written, it does not come to pass. If it is not written down, we can't make blueprints or see what it can become.
Writing the vision down starts bringing it to life. There are two Bible verses that show the importance of having vision I would like to share.
1. Write the vision.
Writing the vision down is a timeless principle. Habakkuk 2:2 says, "And the Lord answered me: Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets, that he who reads it may run." When it is written down and then implemented, those we lead can "run" with it, and we will see it succeed. A clear process begins to develop as it is made plain.
2. Keep the teaching of the vision.
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision the people perish, but happy is he who keeps the teaching." After the vision is made plain, it is to be continually shared and taught to people as it grows, becoming reality.
I am currently in the process of merging two churches. The process has been challenging and at times tedious but also very invigorating and encouraging. The other pastor and I had built relationship with one another over the last few years. And it wasn't until after the first of this year that the thought of merging was mentioned. The unification process between our churches began with a thought. But I knew that when I had the thought, it had to be written it down as a vision before broaching the subject.
Your vision may be a business idea, a strategy to enhance your specialty or an approach to working with others. It could be a potential book, manual or side business for you to create wealth and more jobs. When the vision or thoughts are written down, they begin to solidify. The vision written down helps us to start making a path or business plan that we can accomplish.
If we don't write the vision down, we can quickly forget it. But when it is written down, we later walk in the reward of its success. When it becomes successful, not only are we positively affected, but many other people's lives can be changed for the better, all because we wrote the vision down and ran with it.
The next time you have a great thought or idea, write it down. And let us know how run with it and see it succeed.
Jared Laskey, M.Div., M.A. Christian Ministry, is founder and senior pastor of Destiny Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He lives to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of the Holy Spirit. You can follow him on twitter @jaredalaskey and purchase his co-authored book Veronica's Hero. You can also subscribe to his podcast and check out firebornministries.org
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