Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. It’s part of life! The problem about these curve balls is that it is normally very hard to see them coming.
If you have lived long enough you know you’ve had your fair share of curve balls. The times when something happens that you did not anticipate.
Most people panic when the curve ball is thrown. Not that they are always difficult to deal with, but they throw us of balance and put our plans out of sorts.
The disciples were thrown a curve ball by Mother Nature when they went fishing one evening. They expected a calm evening of fishing, plus Jesus the man they had seen perform the impossible was with them, what could go wrong.
However, that calm evening was turned on its head in the matter of minutes as a storm sweep over the sea. This storm was so bad, even the seasoned fisherman got scared. They suddenly were in out of control territory and to top it off, Jesus had disappeared down to the lowest part of the boat and was sleeping. They had a choice, roll with it, or let it overcome them. The disciples chose the later.
The story finishes with Jesus awaking, without even a moment of panic he spoke to the waves, and the storm passed.
So often when a curve ball comes we become defeatists and look at the negatives. However, one thing I have come to realize is that the curve ball is often the best ball to hit a home run off. When it is thrown you have a choice? Panic or look for the opportunity to hit the home run.
The disciples had a choice, panic or use the storm as an opportunity to watch God perform a miracle.
Next time life throws you a curve ball don’t panic, see it as an opportunity. It may be that God is throwing you a home run ball!
For any leader there is one thing that is essential above everything else, that is VISION.
There are all types of leaders, those who are shepherds, those who are systems people and those who are visionaries. However, vision is not just something visionaries should possess. Vision is a piece of fabric every leader has to wear.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us that without vision people will be lost and eventually people will run wild. A leader without vision is a leader struggling to manage a group of unfocused people.
Over the past several months I have learned a lot about vision. These are just a few below:
- Vision is not a dream – a dream can turn into a vision, but a dream is private and imagined. A vision is public and is displayed for all to see.
- Clouds can block our vision, but wait long enough and the wind will blow those clouds and once again reveal the vision.
- Vision cannot be seen if you close your eyes. Open eyes and vision go hand in hand.
- A vision is not something one person has and everyone follows. A vision is something one person sees and then that person helps everyone to adjust their eyes to see the same things.
- A vision is always in front of you, never behind.
- A vision is not complicated, it is clear.
- A vision always brings light not darkness to an organization.
- If others can’t see it, maybe it’s not a vision; maybe it’s still a dream! (If the dream is from God, pursue it and one day it will become a vision).
- Without vision we become blind and the people in our organization will constantly bump into each other.
- It is easy for focus to change, so vision requires regular monitoring and refocusing.
What other lessons have you learned about vision in your organization, church or family?