Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 12, 2014

A vision necessary to go forward

Rev. Milton Gardner

— One of the key ingredients in achieving our goals is an intangible quality called vision. I am not referring to one’s eyesight. An individual may be able to see 20/20 and have no vision.

The great men and women of history whose lives have had an impact for good have been people with a vision. They do not see things as they are, but reather as they may become. Dreamers and visionaries have changed the course of history by discoveries, invention, reason, logic, inspirational rhetoric, prose and poetry. They have caused others to enjoy privileges, experiences and satisfaction because they could see things happening that seemed impossible.

We could list the names of hundreds of persons who fit into the category of visionaries. Our nation and our world is the beneficiary of such uncommon thinking.

One of the questions often asked by those who interview potential leaders in industry, management or servant leadership is, what is your vision for our organization? They are anxious to know if a CEO plans to be a caretaker or a risk taker. Does he plan to preside over a dying situation or is he or she a force for a dynamic surge into the future?

The writer of Proverbs said, “where there is no vision, the people perish . . .” (Proverbs 29:18). The Apostle Paul had what he called the heavenly vision (Acts 26:19). It motivated him to undertake what may be called the birth of our Christian missionary movement.

A vision is a necessary possession for going forward with our lives. We need to feel, act and respond as Moses did when he aspired to throw off the chains of slavery to Pharoah. The Bible says, “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). He had a vision.