During my devotional time this week, I ran across this line from the book of Habakkuk: “Write the vision; make it plain, so plain that even a runner passing by will be able to see and understand it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)

A vision is the ability to see something that is not yet there; to imagine a future not yet realized. It might seem absurd at the time because there may be little to no evidence to suggest that it is possible – but write it anyway.

A vision is not just something we hope for, it is something we are willing to work for, sacrifice for, and align ourselves toward. It helps us make decisions in the day-to-day with those things in mind: being healthy, becoming debt free, owning a home, starting a family, graduating from school, growing professionally, being in a committed relationship with a “special” someone, retiring comfortably, world peace, justice for all, etc., etc., etc.

I’m a big advocate for writing things down. Mostly because it helps me remember, but also because the act of putting something on paper or creating a file gives me a reference point to return to over and over again.

What sort of future are you carving out for yourself should you live to see it? We know that even the best laid plans have a way of going awry. We plan and life happens. Interruptions occur all the time. Visions change and often become clearer as we go along. But having some hopeful aspirations, a sense of direction and intentionality is something I have always found helpful. Just thought I’d pass this along.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy