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Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of  joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more.  Psalms 16:11

Clarifying the Vision

By Ron & Vicky Broadfield

“I don’t know about you, but there are times I have gotten side tracked.  There are things that cause my eyes to stray from my vision, or else cloud my vision...”      

 

            As a Christian dad my vision for my kids has to be Christ centered.  In a nut shell my vision can be summed up in Deuteronomy 10:12-13 and Ecclesiastes 12:13.  Likewise, only you, with God directing, can purpose what the vision is for you and your family. I’m not going to elaborate on the specifics of my vision in the space allotted, but rather focus on the clarifying.  Being a mathematical, logical thinker I like to break things down to their lowest common denominator, so to speak, or “get to the bottom line.”  What does “clarifying the vision” mean? 

            According to my kid’s dictionary “clarify” means “to make clean or pure; to explain or clear up; to remove possibility of error”.  When I think about “removing possibility of error” I am reminded of my growing up years on the farm.  My dad taught us boys to pick an unmovable object such as a fence post or tree in the far distance when mowing or planting.  We were to keep our eyes fixed on that object and not look to the left, right or up close.  If we remained fixed, we would have nice straight rows and remove the possibility of error.  If we looked away, even for a short time, we would weave all over the place. Decorative mowing was not what my dad wanted! 

            Several years ago, I heard a workshop speaker tell of a mom who came to her (the speaker) and wanted to quit homeschooling her children.  Mom claimed she was a failure.  She couldn’t keep up with her home, her kids, the grades, etc.  When Mom first began homeschooling, the speaker had encouraged her to write down her goals and objectives in the form of a mission statement.  When Mom came to this speaker ready to quit, she asked this mom to re-read her list of objectives.  As it turned out, Mom was succeeding at everything she had written down.  Not only was Mom not failing, she was accomplishing the important Biblical things she had established.  But, she had gotten side tracked. She had lost sight of her original vision, which led to discouragement, which led to a failure mentality, which led to wanting to give up altogether.

            I don’t know about you, but there are times I have gotten side tracked.  There are things that cause my eyes to stray from my vision, or else cloud my vision so I can no longer see it clearly-things such as: busyness, cares of the world, unrealistic expectations, discouragement, medical issues, battle fatigue, and finances. (I don’t know about your special needs child, but mine has a very strong will.  Maybe God gave her one so she would be determined to persevere when things are tough, but it can definitely be a challenge!) Being in God’s Word and renewing my relationship with Him are what get me back on track and keep me there.  Deuteronomy 5:32 says “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you:  ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.”  Keep your eyes on the eternal and don’t get distracted by the temporal!

 Let me encourage you to stay on course and keep your vision clear!