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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: What is your vision?
By Andrew Curtis
08/07/06


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1 John 5: 20 And we are certain that the Son of God has come, and has given us a clear vision, so that we may see him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.


I have a view of what I want my life to be. I want to be successful enough to provide for my family, yet not wealthy enough to get caught up in the material aspects of the world. That perfect job is out there waiting for me, but I have yet to find it. My true vision is not based on these things though. It is based on the grace I receive by a relationship with my Creator.

God has a vision for my life; where I am supposed to be, what I am to be doing and how I provide. I do not know what this vision is and I may not want to because it might not be what I want it to be. He gives me the direction I need. Sometimes though, my own vision of my life gets in the way. I do seek the material items. I let my selfish desires get the best of me and set those as a goal. There is nothing wrong with setting goals for myself, but my greatest goal should be a continuous relationship with The Lord and Christ.

The greatest question I can ask myself is: “what do I prefer?” Would I rather seek my 1974 Corvette, my dream job, my luxurious home or seek my all loving Father in Heaven? The things of the world will eventually fade, become boring and obsolete. The Corvette requires maintenance, my dream job will require long hard hours and my home cleaning and painting. God though, needs none of these things. He is perfect just the way He is.

A relationship with Him does require hard work and long hours as well. However, the paycheck I receive from God, eternal life side by side with Jesus, is better than any six figure income. My vision needs be set squarely on my walk with God. When I grow closer to God, I will receive everything I need. I will have unconditional love, a place in Heaven and relief from the trials of the physical world.

I have a car that gets me from point A to point B. I have a job that allows me to provide for my family and I have a roof over my head. God gives me gifts everyday. He gives me the gifts of patience, tolerance, love and acceptance. He is my Creator and He is my vision for a life eternal. What is your vision?


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Jan Ackerson 08/11/06
I see this as a good devotional for a Mens' Prayer breakfast or something of the sort. Thanks for sharing with us.
Rachel Burkum08/15/06
Great perspective and well put. A very nice devotional-type thought. :)