“Vision and commitment are critical to turn an organization around to revitalize it, make it more flexible, innovative, and competitive.” (Angie Mays, Courteous Rebel Jesus’ Model of Leadership)
It is a privilege to work with Leaders encouraging them toward the Biblical characteristics of Christian Servant Leadership. As Jonathan Swift illustrates, “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” Being a Visionary under God’s leadership is a faith driven privilege to let go and let God. Just like the Israelites, we each have days of doubt. Our challenge is to look to God each and every day to find His plan for our lives.
The writer of Proverbs tells us, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV) the prophet Haggai tells us to “Give careful thought to your ways”, (Haggai 1:5 NIV) and then Habakkuk, a leader contemporary with Jeremiah and Ezekiel says we need to “write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that who reads it”. (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV) Vision is living by faith to accomplish what God has in mind even when the accomplishment doesn’t seem realistic. The writer of Hebrews suggests we need to “Live by faith”. (Hebrews 10:38 NIV) as scriptural individuals did, literally trusting God by faith for their future. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark”. (Hebrews 11:7 NIV)
As a Christian Leader, our role is to discover the Vision and plan that God has for us. Healthy Churches, Mission organizations and businesses are led by Leaders, Boards and Teams that carefully follow their prayerful dream towards God’s ultimate vision.
Leadership is … praying, for God’s Vision for yourself, your family and your church.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy