When I was 15, I took Driver’s Ed for high school credit. It was taught by my football coach. A few of us would get in the car, drive him around to run his errands, pick up some food and get back to school in time for our next class. Every week we would ask him, “Hey coach, where are we going today?” He always answered with,
“Well, Hembree, when you don’t know where you’re going, any road can take you there.”
Ah, the eloquence of a football coach. But, as I’ve traveled along this journey of life, I’ve learned that he was right.
When you don’t have a plan, you’ll just start going down any road that looks good at the time. It wasn’t until I was about 21, that I discovered the meaning of another one of my hero’s quotes. Yogi Berra, the famous catcher for the Yankees once said to a reporter,
“Be careful when you don’t know where you’re going, cuz you might not get there.”
Vision is important because it tells you and ultimately everyone around you where you are headed. It also reveals a lot to your family and fiends about what your true passions and motives are.
In January, we talked about 5 things you should have a personal vision for in 2014 if we are going to honor God together.
- A vision of SALVATION (Acts 9)
- A vision of ABIDING IN CHRIST (John 15:5)
- A vision of MAKING DISCIPLES (Matthew 28:18-20)
- A vision of GENEROSITY (Matthew 6)
- A vision for MARRIAGE/FAMILY (Ephesians 5:22-33)
Most of the time our lives are wrecks because we aren’t focusing on the right things. Sit down and write out your salvation story, make a plan on how you will spend time with Christ, write a list of names of people you want to teach to follow Jesus this year, get a budget together and give away enough that it causes you to sacrifice and sit down with your spouse and get on the same page spiritually.