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The ABC's of Vision

One of the most influential books I have read recently is Living Above the Level of Mediocrity by Charles Swindoll.

Written in 1989, the book is loaded with insights on pursuing excellence. Even greater, Pastor Swindoll's book is Scripture-based, so God's Word is the focus of the content.

Chapter 5 is about vision. This is where Swindoll introduces the ABC's for Vision; and that is what I would like to share and summarize, briefly.

A. Attitude. Vision affects your attitude. Your attitude should be positive, not negative. Optimistic rather than pessimistic. Not foolishly positive, but realistic because you trust God.

B. Belief. Have a strong belief in the power of God, confidence in others around you, and confidence in yourself, by the grace of God. Refusing to give in to temptation, cynicism, and doubt. Not allowing yourself to become jaded.

C. Capacity. A willingness to be stretched.

D. Determination. Hanging tough when the going gets rough. Implementing a vision and accomplishing goals takes determination, there is no way around it. Vision is a constant focus on God who is always watching.

E. Enthusiasm. Its Greek origin is "entheos," meaning "God in." Something happens to our vision when we become convinced that God, our Heavenly Father, is involved in our activities, and in His sovereignty, He is ordering our steps (Psalms 37:23-24).

In a cynical world that says "You can't," through Christ, you can. With the eyes of faith, get back in the game. Play it with enthusiasm. Soar. Live differently.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
- Philippians 4:13


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