Men’s Group – Having a Vision

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – Last week, we talked about “PLANNING & PROVIDING”. In order to do either of these things, we need to ask the question “Planning and providing for WHAT?” If we cannot answer this question, then planning and providing is going to be nearly impossible? Back when I was working for a living as an Information Technology Project Manager, one of the first questions I would ask my “customers” was “What is the problem you are trying to solve or the opportunity you are trying to realize?” Once that question was answered, then we could work on a common “vision” that would provide a good solution. Webster’s Dictionary gives the following as one of the definitions of “vision”: mode of seeing or conceiving – unusual discernment or foresight.

Let me give you another illustration from the childhood fairy tale “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”. This was a conversation between Alice, who was trying to figure out which path to follow to get her home and the wise, constantly grinning Cheshire Cat. I kept this quote in a frame on the wall in my office to help remind me that a good outcome requires a good vision!

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
The Cheshire Cat: Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

If we do not seek “good vision, discernment or foresight” – which can only come from the Lord – we WILL end up somewhere in life – but it is not likely where we want. In fact, it will most likely end up being somewhere we DO NOT want to be.

This week, Dennis Rainey talks about developing and having a vision. And the interesting thing is that it does not matter what stage of life you are in! Visions change throughout the 5 stages we talked about in the beginning of this series – boyhood, adolescence, manhood, mentor and patriarch. But the one constant is that the Lord is the source of all good visions. Don’t miss the next to the last sessions in this series. I will be out of town, but Chris Clark will be filling in for me. Thanks Chris!!

Gordy Slifer is on for snacks this week. Gordy’s “snacks” have always been a hit so you can look forward to whatever he brings! God bless you men… Tom