A Tangible Spiritual Vision
“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.” — Habakkuk 2: 1-2
Yes, it is that time of year again. The time when we reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions and look forward to improving our lives. Everyone goes about doing this in different ways. In our family we do vision boards. Vision boards are simply tangible picture boards filled with pictures of the things we would like to improve on, change or add to our lives in the new year. It can be a personal experience or you can sit down with family or friends and do it as a group. Here’s a step by step process on how to create your own vision board.
First, you brainstorm of all the areas in your life you would like to improve on. There is no time frame on this as everyone processes differently. Second, you gather your supplies. The supplies include: a poster board, glue, scissors and a stack of magazines, pictures and quotes. You can even include drawings if you wish. Third, you sit down with your goals in mind and start flipping through the magazines and pictures to find ones that represent your goals. Fourth, you cut them out and paste them to your board. You do this until the board is filled with enough pictures, drawings and sayings to cover your goals. Fifth, display your board in a place you can see it on a daily basis throughout the year. This will serve as a tangible reminder of your goals for the upcoming year.
Jesus had a vision. You can find it in the Gospel of John 17:21-26. In this scripture Jesus prays for all believers and has a vision for them.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” —John 17:20-26
Did you see Jesus vision in this text? The vision was “that all may be one.” It’s hard to believe that over 2,000 years later, Jesus’ vision still has not been fulfilled. We are a world far from being “one.” However, there is hope. Hope that through Christ, we can be play an integral part in fulfilling Jesus’ vision. However, for this to happen we will need to take ownership and responsibility of making Jesus’ vision of “being one” possible. How do we do this? I think we need to make a spiritual vision board.
In addition to the usual vision boards we might create for the upcoming year, I invite you to considering creating a spiritual vision board–one that includes the things you can do to help fulfill Jesus’ vision of unity and love.
I encourage you to sit down and brainstorm your spiritual goals for 2019. Take you time and really think about these goals. Once you are done brainstorming, gather your supplies and get to work. Do it as an individual or maybe seek out a group to do it together.
Once you have finished your board, display it somewhere you will see it everyday. You might want to even share your goals and board with others who can help you follow through with them. Let’s make 2019 the year we help fulfill Jesus’ vision, “that they may all be one.”