A visionary Christmas reflection from Randy
For those of you who have known me for a while, you’ll know that I always had a vision of retiring at age 50.
People used to chuckle when they heard that… and while I often chuckled along with them, I was also dead serious about it! I did some careful planning and figured out how exactly I could make that happen. For years, I worked hard with that glorious day in mind. And even when my career took a very sudden detour – one that resulted in the founding of Brewer Direct! – I still had all the confidence in the world I would still make retire-by-50 happen.
You may be surprised to hear that I had dreams of NOT working. As someone with a reputation for working tirelessly, people always did a double take when I told them my plans. But let me stress: It wasn’t because I didn’t want to work. It was because I dreamed of doing a different kind of work. Ministering through new avenues. Letting God work through me beyond my comfortable world of nonprofit fundraising.
I had a vision for my future. But it didn’t happen quite the way I expected – I’m obviously still the President/CEO of Brewer Direct, and no one needs to guess if I’ve turned 50. And yet, over the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue my vision in a variety of ways. I’ve gotten to work with wonderful international organizations like World Harvest and By Grace Children’s Home in Kenya. I’ve even been blessed with an opportunity to begin my own charitable foundation!
God’s leading was always proceeding my vision, but it’s far too easy to make your own plans and call them God’s. Just how did I assess, as I was visioncasting for my future, whether they were also God’s plans?
There’s no mention of the word “visioncasting” anywhere in Scripture. So when I think about a successful vision, I take inspiration from these two passages:
Philippians 3:14: “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 12:1b-3: “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
These two passages are inspiring because they show how a successful vision must be God-inspired and God-directed. The future is simply a vision that God lays on our hearts, through His Word and through prayer. When we begin listening to God, we catch on to His vision for our lives… and it’s always so much bigger and more exciting than ours! That’s when we move beyond our limitations, anxieties or excuses, and into living out God’s promise: that He’ll work through us in ways far beyond what we could ever envision ourselves.
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you know and experience God’s vision for your own life. Take it from me – it probably won’t look quite like the vision you originally had in mind. But it will be the vision that God can use for a seriously big impact. And that’s a vision worth running toward.
May God bless you and yours!
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