View or Vision: What’s the Difference? “Marie” was excited to start Graduate school and move to”The Big City” . Her words were filled with enthusiasm about the promise and potential of her future until, that is, she described her upcoming living quarters.
Marie’s excitement took a nosedive when she told me that she was moving into housing provided by her university. While this was not the worse plan available to her, it was a far, far cry from the hopes she had of getting her own condo. In the area of housing, all Marie could talk about was the inconvenience of sharing an apartmeant; “the horrors” of managing the lack of privacy; and the limited space to call “her own.” It was all Marie could think about, talk about and see. University housing was, in her view, something she would have to endure. The vision of owning a beautiful downtown condo, well, that was beginning to look impossible.
Marie’s big plans to have a big place with a big view of the big city had completely fallen apart. Instead, she was going to have a small room, in a small, shared apartment, with a small view of the big city. That apartment, she thought, was the source of all her troubles… but, Marie was wrong. The apartment wasn’t the problem, at all.
The real problem: Marie confused her view with her vision. See, Marie was so consumed by the view (her current and very temporary living conditions), that she forgot about her vision.
Getting View-Stuck? Sadly, she focused so much on that apartment (the view), that she began to act as if it was the only place she’d ever live for the rest of her life. The more she meditated the tiny apartment, the more she magnified its significance in her life. Take note: Whatever you meditate, you magnify. Instead of focusing on her academic achievement, career potential, earnings forecast, etc., she got stuck on the view. Sound familiar? It should. This can happen to any of us.
That’s exactly why the apostle Paul wrote in the Book of II Corinthians 4:17-18(NLT): For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the trouble we can see now; rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
What about you? Have you become so focused on your current view – your difficult job, the tough classes you’re taking, parenting issues, your marriage, unemployment, a medical diagnosis – that you’ve forgotten about the vision? Listen, Someone lied to you: What you see is NOT what you get, at least, it doesn’t have to be. But, if you don’t want what you see to be all that you get, you’ll have to focus on what’s important. What you’re seeing now in your life is merely the view; it’s the scenery you get to enjoy, or have to endure, on the journey to what you really desire – your vision. So, take Paul’s advice. Let’s fix our gaze on the things that can’t be seen. Let’s focus on the vision.
Your Call to Action
Now, what do you say? Are you willing to stay vision-focused? Here’s your LifeSpeak this Week assignment: For the next 7 days, start your mornings by saying this simple prayer: Thank you, God, for showing me that my current circumstances are only my view, and not my vision. I know whatever I meditate, I magnify. So, I will meditate and magnify my vision until it happens. When it does, I will give you all the glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
So the next time you find yourself rehearsing your own “woe-is-me” story — STOP IT! Just admit that, once again, you confused your view with your vision. Next, re-focus. Get back to the vision. God will honor your willingness to do this and cause everything to come together. Soon, you’ll go from meditating your vision, to magnifying your vision to finally . . . living your vision.
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