Life At Its Best: Develop an inward vision
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By Jim Graff"What could be worse than being deaf and blind?"
That was a question once posed to Helen Keller.
Her response was simply, "A life without vision."
When you read her answer, it seems that maybe Helen got a bit confused, that she didn't understand the question just right. After all, isn't sight the same thing as vision? Not in her mind.
See, Helen wasn't talking about a natural, outward vision. She was referring to an inward vision. Helen understood that what's seen inwardly can be much more powerful than what's seen outwardly.
She learned to develop an inner vision that caused her to move beyond her physical limitations and accomplish much more than anyone ever thought possible.
With the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen became the first deaf and blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. She went on to become a world famous speaker, author and advocate for others with disabilities.
Her life became a powerful testament to the power of an inward vision.
Do you have an inward vision? The Apostle Paul reveals the importance of each person attaining one. But not just any vision - Paul urges us to seek God's vision for our lives. In Ephesians 1:18-19 he says, "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which God has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe."
God wants to help the eyes of our heart - our inward person - see the rich purposes He has for our lives. Then, He wants to empower us to attain and enjoy those things to which He has called us.
Maybe you're thinking, "How could God possibly have a vision for my life? I've messed up way too much."
You most likely haven't messed up as much as Paul did, and look how greatly God used him. Paul might've been a great teacher of God's Word, but he didn't start that way.
In fact, he started on the complete opposite end. Instead of preaching to Christians, he was persecuting and killing them.
One day, on a journey to Damascus, Jesus appeared to him in a bright light, blinding him and stopping him from going his own way. He went on to tell Paul about the new purposes he had for his life - to serve as a witness for Him in the Gentile world. Paul was no longer to fight against Christianity; he was to fight for it.
So, have you discovered God's vision for your life? If not, slow down long enough to get in touch with Him. As you do, He will reveal His purposes to you. Once He does, it's up to you to act on them.
Nothing will ever take the place of the fulfillment that comes from living God's dream for your life.
So, are you ready to pursue your God-given purpose with passion? You were created for something significant.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. www.faithfamilyvictoria.com.