What do you want to be? Isn’t that a question that we ask little kids? And their response is usually something like, “A fireman!’ or “A policeman!” or “A ballerina!”
But, as a Christian it is important to realize that we have to ask ourselves this question. We are never too young or too old to answer it.
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
The Bible calls this plan “vision.” Vision is a plan or a dream for the future. Vision is a picture of something you see yourself doing in the future. You are not here by accident. God created you and He has a plan for your future. God has a plan for your life.
As a leader you must have vision or a plan – not only for you, but for others.
1. If you want to be a leader, you must know where you are going.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What do you see yourself doing?
- Where do you see yourself going?
- What are your goals for the future?
- What are your dreams?
- What is the next step?
If you cannot answer these questions, you may not be ready to lead yet. You might have leadership potential, but people will not follow you if you don’t know where you are going.
How do you find the answers? Take time to talk to God about your future and listen to Him.
2. Is your vision a heavenly vision?
The apostle Paul said, “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” Acts 26:19 (NIV)
If your vision comes from heaven it will not be just about you. A selfish vision is not a heavenly vision. A heavenly vision is one that includes other people.
One question to ask yourself is, “Why do I want to do, what I want to do?” Be honest with yourself. Once you locate your motive then you can move on to the next step.
So, where are you going? What is your vision?
Not only has Mark served in the local church as pastor, associate pastor, and family ministry pastor but he is also a certified coach with the John Maxwell Team.