Write the Vision!
Can you believe the month of July has ended and the month of August has started? I pray for each of you that God will give you the knowledge and direction you need to fulfill the mission of the organization he has led you to. If you have other prayer requests, feel free to send us an email.
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. ~Habakkuk 2:2
Did you ever notice…when you have an important thought…something you don’t want to forget, you write it down. This is what the Lord was saying, he has something important to say and didn’t want the people to forget. Note here that it was the Lord himself saying to do this; he was giving directions to the people.
The vision is the things that are seen. As a nonprofit or ministry leader, I am sure you often have visions for your work. You envision the world the way it could be, the future of the organization and perhaps how programs and services could meet the needs of those you serve. Leaders have visions that guide their work.
However, one of the challenges is sharing that vision…helping others to get the vision.
Unfortunately, it is often difficult for others to see the vision leaders have. I believe the Lord understood this would be the case, that is why the passage says to make it plain. In other words, make it easy to understand, in common language. This may require breaking the vision down into phases being careful not to overwhelm.
People can not take action if they don’t understand and won’t take action if they have not bought into the vision. But, when people “get it” they will run with it. It is for this reason that we are told to make it plain.
Do you struggle with getting others on board with your vision? Have you taken the time to write it down in plain, everyday language that others can understand? Be clear about the vision God is giving you and share it with others as they are prepared for it so that they are equipped to take action.
Remember, as a nonprofit or ministry leader, others are looking to you for the vision. The vision for the future will come to you through prayer and discernment. Stay close to God and be prepared for the vision you are given.
We would love to hear from you. Do you have specific prayers we can pray for you and your work?
Sweet Blessings, My Friend!