As I was sitting in the office this week looking over the vision plan for the next seven years, I began thinking back to when I was around nineteen years old. The Georgia Lion’s Camp for the Blind was looking for counselors. We would be spending the summer giving those who were visually impaired the opportunity to experience an array of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and fishing. Before the campers were to arrive we had to get prepared for them. I would spend two weeks learning how they felt and what it was like to be blind. For training, my eyes were blindfolded, and then they assigned a personal guide who would be taking us by the arm and leading us from place to place. I remember the frustration of having to depend on that person. They took me everywhere. When I wanted to eat, they would take me to the cafeteria and help me get whatever I was eating in my mouth. When I needed to use the rest room, they would have to take me and line me up with the urinal. The temptation to peek was overwhelming .Were these guys really paying attention to the things they were leading me into? Did they really care where I was about to step or were they manipulating me for their own amusement. I know there was a lot of laughing going on.
For that whole week, walking blindfolded taught me something that I didn’t even remember until this day! It taught me the value of vision. The word of God declares in Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Vision is the key to any undertaking. We must be able to see the future and lead people to the place God has prepared for them. “If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” If we as leaders do not know where we are going, then where we are leading people is only for our own amusement.
For years we can teach about faith and right relationship with God, but where are we going as a church body? What is ahead of us? We need Seers again who can take us by the hand and lead us into a victorious life. When I say vision, I’m speaking of a personal plan. Leaders need a plan!
Husbands, do you have a plan to lead your family? Mothers, do you have a plan to lead your children? Business owners, do you have a plan to lead your business? Pastors, do you have a plan, a written plan, to lead God’s people? A plan shows me how I am going to get from where I am to where I’m going, systematically. It helps me balance the tasks and prioritize the importance of each activity so that nothing hinders me from heading forward. The more responsibilities that we have on our lives the bigger the plans must be. We must put our lives in some kind of order. Moments must be managed and you can’t manage your moments without a plan. If we don’t plan our day, we will walk into it waiting on someone else to tell us what is important. If we have no plans for our day, then it is up for grabs. But if it is “our day”, then we need to determine what is important before it gets here; otherwise we’ll waste time, and time is a limited commodity. Every day we wake up without a plan, we are vulnerable to manipulation.
Let’s pray together throughout the next several weeks so that every leader will know what it feels like to be led and that they will pray and ask God for the plans that he has prepared for our future. Come on husbands, wives, pastors and leaders, let’s hear from heaven for God to give us a plan!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.