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Andy Stanley

God's Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision

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    Visioneering is the sum total of inspiration, conviction, action, determination, and completion.

    Life is a journey. Yes, you’re right – there’s nothing earth-shattering about this stale old cliché. But here’s a question that might freshen it up a bit: If life is a journey, then what kind of journey is it?

    Is it an aimless road trip with no real destination – a trip that, though enjoyable at times, leads you nowhere, thanks to poor planning and disorganization? Or is it a different kind of journey – one that leaves room for pleasant detours and sightseeing but still has a set destination?

    If your life sounds like option two, you might already be a visioneer.

    The key message here is: Visioneering is the sum total of inspiration, conviction, action, determination, and completion.

    Visioneering means clearly envisioning your future as it ties to God’s plan, and keeping that vision in the foreground as you plan your life. Visioneering brings clarity and purpose to a meandering, chaotic life by bringing four elements to it: passion, motivation, direction, and purpose.

    How do these values play out in the life of a Christian? Well, we’re all a product of Christ’s vision – each of us was created to contribute in some unique way to the realization of his vision.

    We also each come preprogrammed with a vision, unique to us and part of Christ's creative plan. If we can discern that vision, it’ll contribute to the completion of Christ's vision. Here’s how you can tell a vision from a whim or a fleeting idea: A vision begins with hearing, reading, or seeing something that generates concern. For example, say you read an article about how difficult it is for impoverished children to reach their potential. This may generate within you a deep concern for these children.

    But is that a vision? After all, the world contains many things to be concerned about: those impoverished children, yes, but also stray cats, deforestation, and the epidemic of loneliness among the elderly. So which one is it? How can you tell which issue will generate your vision?

    Simply ask yourself which one breaks your heart.

    A vision that’s ordained by God feels like a moral imperative. What’s more, it connects to something that’s happening in the world right now, with the current generation. When you’ve honed in on a concern that you simply can’t rest without attempting to resolve, you’ve identified your inspiration.

    Once you’ve done this, wait! Your vision needs to mature before you take action, and God will send you a sign when your vision reaches maturity.

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    What is Visioneering about?

    Visioneering (1999) is a guide to living life with clarity of vision. In addition to explaining how to create and fulfill a vision, it explains why Christians live their best lives when they align their vision with God’s purpose – and then act accordingly.

    Who should read Visioneering?

    • Christians interested in living a Christ-centered life
    • People seeking more meaning in life
    • Any Christian stuck at a crossroads and looking for purpose

    About the Author

    Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries, which consists of eight churches in Atlanta and nearly 130 churches around the world. He’s the author of more than 20 books, including When Work and Family Collide, Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, and Next Generation Leader.

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