Your Vision—You Must ‘Follow’ It! (1)
Paul was on a mission. He travelled light, was disciplined, avoided distractions and kept his eye on the ball. ‘...one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal...’ (Philippians 3:13–14 NKJV) Successful companies live by a Mission Statement every team member can understand; they keep it before them at all times. God told Habakkuk, ‘Write the vision and make it plain…that he may run who reads it.’ (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV) You must write your vision down, read it regularly, remember it at all times and run with it. Your greatest enemy isn’t the opposition, it’s the distractions.
Ever heard of ‘a white elephant’? When the King of Siam wanted to destroy an enemy, it’s said he gave them a white elephant. In those days white elephants were considered sacred, and nobody dared refuse a king’s gift. The trouble was, white elephants couldn’t be put to work but they had to be fed—a lot! So the king’s ‘gift’ ended up causing his enemy’s downfall. So, guard against ‘white elephants’ that drain your time, energy and resources.
In order to protect your vision, live by these words, ‘...let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends... He did not give up because of the cross! … He thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and He is now seated at the right side of God's throne. Think of what He went through... So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up.’ (Hebrews 12:1–3 GNT)