- Vision is the primary motivator of human action, and, therefore, everything we do should be because of the vision God has placed in our hearts. Vision influences the way you conduct your entire life, such as what you spend your time and money on and what your priorities are. Without vision, you have no values to guide your living. Life has no sense of direction. Activity has no meaning. Time has no purpose. Resources have no application.
Vision is the juice of life. It is the prerequisite for passion and the source of persistence. When you have a vision, you know how to stay in the race and complete it.
Your Gift Will Make a Way for You
How is the fulfillment of vision meant to work in practical terms? Proverbs 18:16 is a powerful statement that reveals the answer: “A man’s gift makes room for him” (NKJV). You were designed to be known for your gift. God has put a gift or talent into every person that the world will make room for. It is this gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision. It will make a way for you in life. It is in exercising this gift that you will find real fulfillment, purpose, and contentment in your work.
It is interesting to note that the Bible does not say that a man’s education makes room for him, but that his gift does. Somehow we have swallowed the idea that education is the key to success. Our families and society have reinforced this idea, but we will have to change our perspective if we are to be truly successful. Education is not the key to success. Don’t misunderstand me. I believe in education. I’ll talk more about the importance of education shortly. However, if education were the key to success, then everyone who has a Ph.D. would be financially secure and happy.
If you are intelligent but are not exercising your gift, you’re probably going to be poor. If you’re educated but have not developed your talent, you’re likely to be depressed, frustrated, and tired; you will hate going to work on Monday mornings. There are those who have degrees in finance who have a hard time making ends meet. Doesn’t it make you nervous when people who don’t have any money try to tell you how to make a million dollars?
Education, in itself, doesn’t guarantee anything; it is your gift that is the key to your success. The second part of Proverbs 18:16 says, “A man’s gift…brings him before great men” (NKJV). You don’t realize that the gift you’re sitting on is loaded. The world won’t move over for you just because you’re smart. Whenever you exercise your gift, however, the world will not only make room for you but will also pay you for it. Anyone-yourself included-who discovers his or her gift and develops it will become a commodity. If you’re a young person in high school or college who is planning your career, don’t do what people say will make you wealthy. Do what you were born to do because that is where you will make your money. No matter how big the world is, there’s a place for you in it when you discover and manifest your gift.
Michelangelo poured his life into his art. That’s why we still remember him five hundred years after he lived. Beethoven and Bach put themselves wholly into their work, and their music lives forever. Alexander Graham Bell believed that sound could be converted into electrical impulses and transmitted by wire. No one remembers all the people who thought Bell was crazy; we remember only the man who had vision enough to create the telephone. Thomas Edison reportedly would spend eight or nine days straight locked up in a room working on his experiments. He didn’t just happen to make a mistake and create a lightbulb; he had a dream. Although it took him a long time, he believed that we could harness the energy and that it could produce light. Because he believed it, he stayed with it until he saw the fulfillment of his vision. That’s what makes him unforgettable.
Anyone who develops his gift will become a commodity.
If you do things in a halfway manner, you will probably always be able to find some sort of job, yet you are going to be simply a mediocre employee. It is when you decide that you’re going to find something that is truly yours that you will find your gift, fulfill your vision, and be remembered by others.
Stirring Up Your Gift
While the gift is in us, we have the responsibility to stir it up. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you” (2 Timothy 1:6). In the New King James Version, the verse is translated, “Stir up the gift of God.” The gift is not something we learn. It is something God gave us. It is something we need to discover and then stir up. No Cone else can activate your gift for you. You have to do it yourself.
You stir up your gift by developing, refining, enhancing, and using it. That’s where education comes in. Education can’t give you your gift, but it can help you develop it so that it can be used to the maximum.