Have you ever had a moment when you were so gripped by the potential of the future that your heart beat a little faster? Have you ever had such clarity of what God might do in your life, in your church, in your community that you were moved to tears of wonder and hopefulness? It comes sometimes unexpectedly, other times as we are experiencing rapid growth. You don’t have to be a “leader” or pastor to experience this moment, but this post is directed toward leaders.
How is your vision in this season? Is it red hot? Clear? Is it mouth-watering, soul inspiring? Is it energizing to you and does it leak out of you constantly? Or has fatigue or burnout overtaken hope? Has the clutter and daily grind deflated your imagination? Does the mission still resound inside of you or have you welcomed apathy and stopped resisting?
I have experienced both as a leader. It is clearer to me now more than ever that it is a leader’s responsibility to keep their vision cup filled and overflowing.
Ways I fill the vision cup:
Be with God. Rest. Practice Sabbath.
Reflect on God’s presence and grace among us as a community and in larger world
Reflect on my own journey of transformation
Reflect on the scriptures
Dream with redemptive potential
Listen to others whose vision is red hot
Make sure I am around some passionate people who live with eyes of faith
Read as much as I can from authors who are hungry, visionary leaders
How about you? Are you currently in a season of red hot or a sense of drought?
What do you do when you find yourself in a place where your vision is cold?
How do you work through it?
How do you fill or put yourself in a place to be filled with faith inspiring vision?