Vision

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What is your vision for the remaining years God will give you on this earth?

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. – Matthew 11:12
If people can’t see what God is doing,they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals,they are most blessed. – Proverbs 29:18
Jesus is clear that the violence the kingdom suffers must be met with violence. Not physical violence but extreme, intense commitment to follow through, carry on, no matter what may come.
I need a vision that will enable me to do that. To sustain that momentum through the remaining years of the life God gives me on this earth.
Without out a vision I am destined to mediocrity, unable to be the man God has called me to be, or in the words of the writer of Proverbs “unable to grasp what God is doing, stumbling all over myself”.
I love the classic scene from The Blues Brothers when Jake Blues announces: “We’re on a mission from God.”
I have had those moments. The adventure was at hand, the passion was high.
With my sunglasses and a half a tank of gas  I headed out to fulfill the mission. And came up short of my destination.
Why?
Because without a vision the mission became more important than the purpose.
I need a vision that reveals not just the beginning but the end and the purpose for it all. Mark Batterson in his book “Play the Man” says this
If you aren’t on a mission from God, you aren’t really living—you’re dying. You aren’t just wasting your God-given potential, you’re wasting space. You’re dead weight.
You need a vision for a mission.
Ask God to give it to you. Pray, fast, study—whatever it takes, don’t stop until you have your vision.
Then write it down and never forget it or stop pursuing it with all the “violence” of your God-given determination.
I intend to do exactly that. Pray, fast, study whatever it takes to have that vision.
There is too much at stake, and too little time to waste.
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About messagefromthefield

“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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