Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
— Habakkuk 2:2 (ESV)
I love the prospect of beginning a new year. It is filled with possibility and excitement. It’s a chance to start over, an opportunity to think about where you want your life to go and setting goals to get you there.
Something I’ve learned over the past few years (and am planning to finally implement this year) is the importance of creating a vision board. Last year, I wrote down things I wanted to accomplish in 2015 and, much to my delight, the majority (if not all) of them came to fruition. Awesome! This year, I want to add visual reminders to my goals … hence, the vision board.
That isn’t to say that I buy into the whole “Law of Attraction” and new-age concept that go along with many of the articles you can access pertaining to vision boards. Nonetheless, I do believe that if you are a visual person and have a bit of a type-A personality, vision boards can be very beneficial in keeping you on track and focused with what you want to achieve. By having your goals in front of you daily, research shows you are more likely to succeed (9 things rich people do and don’t do every day). Whereas my #1 goal in life isn’t necessarily to make a lot of money, I do admit it would be a very nice (and welcome) benefit to satisfying two of my heart’s desires: 1) fulfilling God’s purpose for my life; and 2) helping lonely, hurting, brokenhearted people.
I don’t know about you, but the busyness of life keeps me very distracted. At times, I almost feel like I have become so adept at multitasking that I have developed a full-blown case of adult-onset ADHD. Being bombarded with e-mails at home and work, social media, and the responsibilities of being a mother have re-trained my brain to flip from task to task without really enjoying any of them. To counteract that, mindful meditation and balance have become new words in my vocabulary. Dr. Amit Sood and Dr. Roberto Benzo (MBSR training) have become beneficial gurus in showing me a new way to live life.
Habakkuk 2:2 refers to the vision God gave to Habakkuk regarding the fall of Babylon and His judgment of the Chaldeans. Habakkuk was supposed to write down what God showed him so that the people could plainly and clearly discern what was written.
In addition to creating a vision board, I will still write down my goals in list form. Just the process of thinking about what goals I want to put on the list is helpful in reassessing where I’m at in life and where I want to go. Once I know where I want to go, a roadmap will be important in getting to my destination. Just looking at the vision board and “wishing” to attain my goals won’t get me very far (and is not the purpose of a vision board in the first place). Follow-through and action are important. I’d like to say that’s the “run” portion of Habakkuk 2:2, but I realize that throws the verse entirely out of context. Nonetheless, it does help me remember that movement is a necessary component of the written vision.] The actual meaning of “run” refers to the common practice of the time where public notices were written on clay tablets in such large letters that they could be read easily by someone running by and also, perhaps, so that the reader could run and warn others (if the notice was a warning).
I think it’s also important to note that in the previous verse (Habakkuk 2:1), Habakkuk is on the watchtower standing guard. He has positioned himself to hear from the LORD. He has asked the LORD a question, and he is watching diligently for it while he waits.
I think we need to do more of that. We need to ask the LORD more questions and then stand “upon the watchtower” scanning the horizon for His answer. Habakkuk 2:3 tells us we may have to wait for it (until the appointed time), but it will surely come. Once God lays something upon our heart, writing the vision (or creating the vision board) can remind us of what God’s purpose is for our life when the results don’t come as quickly as we would like.
Change is hard; but with proper motivators and a plan, it can be done. In the year ahead, I encourage you to envision your future, seek God in prayer, and write down the goals He lays upon your heart (both short- and long-term ones). You might be surprised at the results!
Wishing you a Happy (and Healthy) New Year!