Celebrating Your Dreams and Visions
By Charlene Ogu
Last week we had a Handmaid Vision Board Gathering and it was great! So I thought I'd share what you missed in the first part.
We all know the parable of the talents and we all remember the servant who was given one talent and didn’t invest it.
It didn’t end well for him. – But why didn’t he use it?
“I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid…” (Mt 25:24-25)
Here I want to bring your attention to what he says about the master – It doesn’t quite sound like God the loving father, who cares for us and who is good, it kind of sounds more like the evil one.
And that’s because what he thinks about the master isn’t true! He was sold a lie and he believed it. I’m saying all this to bring to your attention how detrimental a lie can be, especially when it’s to do with God the father. It highlights how lies can bring us into wrong relationship with God.
That’s not to say that that was the only reason he didn’t invest his talent but it’s important to highlight because it meant that when the first two servants saw an opportunity the servant with one talent say control.
On this topic Adelina from Compass Magazine writes
‘ such a rejection could stem from a misunderstanding of God’s character. As one writer succinctly puts it, a “grudge against Christ underlies all unfaithfulness in the use of spiritual gifts.” It’s logical: why would I choose to invest my gifts in serving others and seeking their salvation if I myself don’t understand the value of eternity and holiness and can’t grasp the beauty and goodness of God?’
All this lays the foundation of on which we can begin to uncover our personal vision.
Having a true and healthy relationship with God the Father is essential which makes prayer absolutely necessary. We need to communicate with the heart of God . The evil one knows that if he can disfigure your relationship with God he can begin to sabotage how you live the life God has given you.
WHAT IS A VISION?
We know what we want our life to look like in a sense because we want it to be in the will of God, so we know that primarily we want to love God and love others.
So now your own vision becomes how are you going to do that?
A vision is an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency:
With the gift of our imagination we are able to see beyond where we are today
‘ and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.’ Genesis 11:6
Give your self permission to dream.
Sometimes we think that the dreams we have and the wonder it fills us with are childish. We believe that there is no real use for them in the ‘real’ world.
That these dreams and desires have no place in our life. But God is good and God has planted within you good dreams and desires to grow into fruit.
When I say vision I’m speaking of a personal vocation - your specific calling in the Kingdom of God – and within that you may have your occupation, your small v vocation (religious life/married life/single life). It may overlap or merge, but the main thing is to be clear on that personal vocation.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT MY VISION IS?
Here are some questions to help you discern your vision.
-When you stand before God what would you like him to say
- What makes you come alive?
- When have others identified that you came alive?
- What are your most important values?
- What sort of woman would be a heroine for your younger self?
- What does my vision mean for the Kingdom of God? Which also answers the question what does the world need that God has given me to give it?
'Where there is no vision, the people perish' Proverbs 29:18
Perish in the sense that, you miss the opportunities of the resources you have. God will hold us accountable for what he has called us to do. And he holds you accountable because what he has given you is precious.
We all want to be in the will of God. And sometimes we wonder if the things we want are really the things God wants.
SO HOW DO WE BECOME SURE THAT THIS VISION IS FROM GOD?
First things first, write it anyway, don’t discard it and know that it’s okay for your vision to change or adjust. Give into it, until God changes it.
The number one question that will stop you is – HOW?
Sometimes we limit our power because we have never seen it done before and we find it difficult to shift our fear-based conditioned world view. Let God think about the how, first rejoice in this great desire he has given you. The vision comes first the provision comes later.
HOW DO I MAKE MY VISION A REALITY?
Dream(The imagination wondering )- Vision(attuning our imagination to the desires of our heart) – Goals(setting a goal to help achieve your visions) – Action Plans (THE ACTIVITIES WE NEED TO DO TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS) - Schedule (PUTTING THESE ACTIVITIES IN OUR DIARY)
Become sure about who you are. Become sure of the gift God has given you. God doesn’t need anything from us, we have nothing to give God except to unwrap and use the gifts he has given us.
Affirm your identity through scripture and constantly remind yourself of your true identity.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10,
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. Proverbs 31:25
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:31
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15
You are THE light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
SHARING YOUR VISION
So often because we’re not really sure who we are, we begin to compare ourselves to give us reference points.
And because we lose our joy when we compare we become insecure and insecurity breeds jealousy.
If you’re a woman living in this culture which profits from you being insecure it’s fair to say you’ve probably at some point experienced jealousy.
And jealousy is fine (since feelings come and go and we don't have to act on them)… In fact it’s a good indicator of where your focus is – when you’re focused on the vision of your life (which is unique and something only you can do) and the building the Kingdom of God then being jealous happens less often because every brilliant thing you see someone doing only adds to glorifying God and becomes your joy also.
A quick word on discouragement - Don’t share your vision with small mined people,
People can so easily discourage us – and it can be really hard to undo the damage done by negative words because our minds take note of the negatives so easily – For every negative word, it can takes seven positive affirmations to undo the affects.
Keep your vision safe like a small seed that has yet hasn’t blossomed.
One motivational speaker, Lisa Nichols describes it as being pregnant with vision – not everyone is going to see it or understand it and that’s fine, God didn’t give it to them, he gave it to you.
Like a mother can feel her child within, so God will give you a vision that is fragile in it's early stages and can only you will fully grasp.
THE KINGDOM OF GODS NEEDS YOU 💗