Ron & Vicky Broadfield
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
me encourage you to stay on course and keep your vision clear!