Forward Vision

Read: Proverbs 29

In 1980 Ted Turner had a vision for something that seemed unbelievable at the time. A television channel that would broadcast news 24 hours a day. In that time this was unheard of because most channels would still sign off every night and sign back on the next morning. But the vision went forward and David Walker and Lois Hart anchored the first newscast on June 1, 1980.

Other concepts like this are often started with disapproval and skepticism. I remember when Fox Sports started to leave the score and time on the screen during the various sports they were broadcasting. Some people just could not stand that obtrusive box distorting their vision, I think I was one of them. Now most sports fans have a fit if the game is shown without that box.

As we begin a New Year these type of examples give us reason to think big in the New Year that is ahead of us. What can I do different this year that will make me a better follower of Christ? What can I try that has maybe not been tried before? Who can I help that has maybe been overlooked in the past? How can I and we make a difference for the Kingdom of God?

In Proverbs 29:18 it says, “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]–blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.” As Christians a part of our vision is to look and see what God is doing and how Jesus is calling us to participate. Sometimes it may require us to take a risk, but great things often do not happen without at least some risk involved.

I like the way the Message Bible paraphrases that verse, it says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble over themselves, but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” Let us be attentive to what the Lord reveals to us and lays on our hearts this year. Let us look for what God is doing so that we can avoid stumbling over ourselves.

Make it personal: Along with your secular New Years resolution this year make a spiritual New Years resolution as well. Losing weight and things like that are often popular this time of the year, but growing in our spiritual walk with God can be the most beneficial. As it says above. When we attend to those things we are most blessed.

Happy New Year, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church