Vision, it is one of our five senses and just like all of our senses we tend to take for granted that we can see. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live without sight.
Yet, many people are completely capable of living without sight; they find ways to make it work. However, they will never be capable of doing everything they could do as if they could see. A lack of vision greatly limits life. In leadership a lack of vision is magnified many times over and is far more detrimental. In a leadership role lack of vision no longer simply affects the one without sight, it also effects all who follow. It truly becomes the blind leading the blind.
I find it amazing; with vision being as important as it is, how easily as leaders we lose sight of our vision. For a church when the leadership loses sight of the vision the people lose their way. When the church loses sight of the vision it turns inward. Once the vision turns inward it is impossible to truly follow Jesus because Jesus was constantly focused on what was happening out in front of Him. He was constantly focused on building His Fathers kingdom. Think of it like this, Jesus said in the Great Commission to “go into all the world.” Going requires vision. Of course you can go with no vision, but you will never be capable of accomplishing all God is calling you to as a leader if you can’t see where you are going.
As leaders there is an incredible burden to continually be refocusing yourself and others on the vision. But how as leaders do we stay focused?
- We must continually be pursuing Christ, through prayer, study and communing with Christ. As leaders we should be saying to people, as did Paul, “follow me, just as I follow Christ.” As leaders we must fight against vision loss in followers, but that fight begins by making sure we do not lose sight of the vision our self.
- We must continually check our direction. It is so easy to lose sight of where we are headed and it is even easier when people feel there is no one leading them to wander away. How do you check direction? With a compass. As God gives you vision you must be developing action plans and goals from that vision. You have to have a way to measure and see where you are. This should be done on a weekly basis, because it does not take long to get lost.
- Most importantly keep pushing forward. It is far too easy to lose sight of where we are when we stop moving. What can cause us to stop moving? Other people can distract us from the vision, through complacency and complaining. Busyness can also distract us from the vision. It is imperative as leaders to learn the word no. We have to learn to say no to good things for better things.
Leaders, I want to encourage you to stay focused on where you are headed because your vision is vital to your leadership.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18