Are you tracking your progress by writing it down? Are you realizing the progress and the process by logging it somehow and somewhere? Have you written down the goals and dreams? Have you written down the benefits and the steps? If you haven’t how will you know where you are going? How will you know when you get off track? How will you know when you are making progress? How will you know when you need to adjust your course? Will you consider writing it down?
As I consider the topic the first thought that came to mind was back at the beginning of 2005 when I felt God calling me to blog. I remember asking Him for a topic and He prompted me to write about my readings and devotionals. I remember back in 2005 trying to come up with a name for my blog and how it would or sustain writing for any extended time. I never realized how long it would go or will go, just that God had called me to write. That January my reading brought me to the book of Revelation. It was a combination of that with God’s direction to write about my reading and how it was to begin in 2005 that caused me to name this blog FROM 2005 TO ETERNITY. Without really realizing it at the time this blog not only spoke of the timeline of life but also the timeline for me to be writing. I started in 2005 and my finish date is ETERNITY when I will get to see Jesus face to face, when my time here on earth ends and my ETERNITY with God will begin. As I write this I feel a prompting that it may go on even after my days on earth. As I write this I consider if it will go on because it is published on the internet or if it will go on because one day I will pass on the baton to another to continue the writings. Who could it be? Who would might it be? Who should it be? When will God let me know and how will the transition take place? And even to be able to reflect on all these years and what was going on at the time when God spoke those words to me.
To consider how in 2000 I had the eye opening experience that it is all about a relationship with Jesus. To consider how in 2001 was the beginning of the journey closer to God and forward with God. To consider the experiences and the opportunities He had in front of me. To consider the callings and the responsibilities He would give me. To consider how God’s Word would be the lamp unto my feet and the light unto my path. To consider how God’s Word would shine the reality of life taking place in and through me to the world around me. To consider how God’s Word is alive and can speak to me daily. To consider how reading through God’s Word year after year after year would continuously speak to me and give me realizations that I had never had previously to the same words, the same message, the same direction, and the same message of hope and love. God’s love letter to each of us!
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for January 2nd
WRITE IT DOWN!
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: HABAKKUK 2:2-3
‘Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.’
Points from the devotional:
- We need to write it down and make it plain for others to read and understand.
- We need to take hold of God’s purpose for our lives in order to keep ourselves from being or becoming wanderers.
- We need to take hold of God’s purpose for our lives in order to be able to reach our potential and capabilities.
- We need to take hold of God’s purpose for our lives in order to live inspired lives.
- We need to take hold of God’s purpose for our lives in order to find crystal clear focus in order to keep our attention and give us energy to reach our goals.
- Just as Habakkuk was directed to write it down and back in 2005 God directed me to write it down, in both cases it takes time and energy, our resources to do such a thing. What we say and what we write shouldn’t be ad hoc or random but capture the intentions and purpose of God in the moment.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that clear and compelling.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that will grasp our hearts and the hearts of the readers.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that prevents confusion that would or could cause us and the readers to wander but rather bring clarity of purpose.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that helps make progress, move things forward in the right direction, and prevents stumbling and even backtracking.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that will inspire.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that will be able to overcome inertia.
- We need to write out our vision in a way that will motivate us and others to race or run towards the goal.
- We need to realize that the timing of the outcome is in God’s hands.
- We need to realize and not grow weary doing the good works but instead trust on, lean on, and wait on God.
- We need to realize that the completion of the vision is in God’s hands.
- We need to make the plan and allow God to guide our steps.
- We need to make the vision so motivating that it will sustain us through the ups and downs, the delays, and the disappointments.
- So let’s keep our eyes on God’s purpose for our lives so that we stay focused and moving forward into the plans and purposes and visions and goals God has set before us.
- Let’s pursue God and follow after Him all the days of our lives.
- As I consider and reflect on this I consider my home and my role as husband, father, neighbor, and friend
- As I consider and reflect on this I consider my workplace and my role as employee, mentor, and manager
- As I consider and reflect on this I consider my service work and my role as director for T.R.A.C. and director, media, and online mediator for church services
- So what is the vision and the mission that will need to be written to motivate my home and family and neighborhood?
- So what is the vision and the mission that will need to be written to motivate my workplace and team?
- So what is the vision and the mission that will need to be written to motivate my camps and volunteers?
- The key will be that I will need to work on and write it down for both my and their sakes.
- Where there is no vision the people perish.
Discussion Topics from Today’s Devotional:
Do you have a clear and compelling vision statement?
- Taking on a new role and coming into the new year, I need to take the input of those on the team and the leadership and write out a vision statement for the team.
- I need to make sure it fits under the umbrella of both the company and divisional goals
What would it (or does it) mean to you to have one?
- It means providing direction even when uncertainty and questions arise
- It means bringing clarity into events that are yet to come
- It means helping make decisions that will be required later
Quotes from Today’s Devotional:
“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.”— WOODROW WILSON
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Do you have a vision? Are you looking for a vision? Are you working on a vision? Were are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.