And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay - Habakkuk 2:2-3 ESV
As I have aged, my vision has gotten worse. I'm actually to the point where my optometrist suggest that I get bifocals. I am still holding out. My current prescription glasses come off when I have to read, cook or spend an extended time on the computer. The only time that I wear my glasses now is when I am looking at television or driving (if you see me driving without my glasses, you need to get off of the road!). I think back to the days when I use to laugh at folks that would peer over their glasses in an effort to see items that were closer because they weren't using bifocals. Now I am one of those folks. I am amazed at the lengths that I am going through in order to avoid getting bifocals even though they would improve my vision and stop me from having to remove my glasses constantly. The solution for better vision is literally in front of my face (pun intended).
What is your vision? Is it crystal clear, or has it been clouded by outside factors that are negative such as attitude, lack of focus or belief? Are you like me and know what needs to be done to improve your vision, but neglect to address it for one reason or another? Some of the most successful people that I know have a clear vision and can articulate it at a moment's notice. They have simplified their vision so that they can communicate it to others so that they may share it. They are cognizant of how their vision may take time to realize and understand not to rush the process.
If you are one that is in a position of leadership and tasked with setting a course of action for others to follow (men, we are ALL leaders and this applies to ALL of us whether we are leading our family or in a position in the church), the scripture above provides guidance in the way of effective vision casting. There are 3 principles that are outlined: 1) Be clear in communicating the vision to others. The Lord instructed Habakkuk to write the vision and make it plain on the tablets so that others can read it. The vision is to be so clear that one doesn't have to slow down to read it, 2) Be patient as the vision is being consummated. As the verse states, 'the vision will await it's appointed time and will not lie. 3) Have faith in the vision. The faith comes from knowing that it is from God and will come at His appointed time. It may seem slow at first, but it will come to fruition when it's ordained by God. Adopting and adhering to these 3 principles can help to ensure success for those that play a part in casting a vision for others to follow.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.