Write the Vision


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!
Lori Lynn

 

A New Day Dawning


The sun comes up
Its a new day dawning
Its time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes…

I heard Matt Redman’s song 10,000 Reasons for the first time last night.  The lyrics seem appropriate somehow for the beginning of a new year.  It’s a new start, a new day dawning.  Whatever 2012 brings, I want to keep praising the LORD.  Whatever happens… whatever lies before me, I want to keep on singing.

One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is the Complete Jewish Bible. (No, I’m not Jewish.)  I put it on my Christmas list because I want to know more about my Christian roots.  I want to know more about the rich heritage that we have been given from the Jewish people.  How can we truly understand the Bible if we don’t try to understand the background and customs of the people from whence it came?  The great thing about this Bible, is it contains both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament).  I am thinking that reading the Old Testament from a Jewish perspective will be the difference between seeing with 20/60 vision and seeing with 20/20.  It will be like getting a new pair of eyeglasses and seeing each blade of grass and each leaf on a tree… everything fine tuned.

But I digress…

The new year.  A time of new beginnings.  A time to start over.  A time to look back at the past year and think, “What wasn’t so great, and how can I change it to make it better?  What went well and how can I hold onto that?”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that we do have choices.  We can change things.  We may not be able to completely change our circumstances, but we can change how we view them.  And I’ve learned that lasting changes take time.  Be patient.  Slow and steady wins the race.  (It’s true!)

Lori Lynn

But in my mind I keep returning to something, something that gives me hope — that the grace of ADONAI is not exhausted, that his compassion has not ended.  [On the contrary,] they are new every morning!  How great your faithfulness!  “ADONAI is all I have,” I say; “therefore I will put my hope in him.” 

–Lamentations 3:21-24 (Complete Jewish Bible)