By: Ashton Peters

I truly think everyone needs vision for their life! I mean EVERYONE!! Often we think “vision” and “purpose” are for the elite, but I believe every Christ-follower should have a bold vision for their life.

 In fact, what you are reading right now is another step in my life vision – to share along the way my life and the lessons learned, giving it all away in SIGNIFICANT WAYS.

So after getting too caught up in the daily grind – Jesus and I have taken the last few days to really introspect and let Him breathe some serious life into my vision and goals.

Here is what I have learned on why everyone needs a vision …

1. A vision DEFINES where you are going and who you are becoming: We must be intentional about who we want to become. Set up a detailed scoreboard for your life of what you want to accomplish and the steps necessary to get there. You must know how to score if you want to win.

2. A vision keeps you FOCUSED: Often we think we will magically move toward all of our goals, but in reality it takes hard work. Keeping your endgame before you ensures your focus through the struggles, disappointments, and opportunities that come along the way.

 3. A vision helps you make the TOUGH DECISIONS: We cannot deny the time limits we have. I often tell myself – I won’t find time, I must choose to make time. A vision tells us where our time and money need to go; helping us avoid draining activities.

4. A vision keeps your purpose ANCHORED: When living out vision we are in movement, initiating and navigating change. The purpose of your vision is what keeps you anchored. You may be transforming everything around you, but your purpose is firmly rooted. Image as things come at you, your vision will be the anchor holding you on the course that God wants to take you.

5. A vision keeps you MOTIVATED past discouragement: Life and circumstances can be very discouraging. What keeps us moving forward is not the absence of hardship, but our ability to see past those bumps and into what lies ahead. More and more I realize that it is me, not my circumstances, that needs to change.

Move your FOCUS back on your VISION – chose to dream again!

I read a story a few months ago about the great visionary Walt Disney:

The legendary Walt Disney died before Disney World in Florida was completed. On the opening day in 1971, almost five years after Disney’s death, someone commented to Mike Vance, creative director at Walt Disney Studios, “Isn’t it too bad Walt Disney didn’t live to see this?”

“He did see it,” Vance replied simply. “That’s why it is here.”

So today … chose to see something before it is there.

Ashton Peters is the Student Pastor & Director of Signet School of Leadership at Sallisaw First Assembly. He has been married to the love of his life, Stephanie, for five years and they have one daughter, Hadassah. Ashton sees one of his main goals to develop and release young people into the ministry. He strives through "Living Significantly Different" to give his life away in significant ways to make an impact for the cause of Christ. 

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