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Monday, December 30, 2013

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How Is Your Vision?

As we celebrate the New Year, we always think about resolutions. Normally, those resolutions revolve around losing something: losing weight, quitting a bad habit, etc. Sometimes, it involves starting something new: exercising more, drinking more water, cleaning up your credit card debt. We do these individually, expecting that we will meet our personal goals by ourselves. But how successful is that?

Do you know which weight loss program is by far the most successful? Weight Watchers. Why? It is not the food, or counting points, but it is the meetings. The meetings give members a vision of their next goal to achieve and the resources to achieve those goals.

Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”

There a few things I want to point out about our eyes:

1) When we think about our eyes, we think about the purpose of them: to provide us with a clear vision of what is in front of us and what is ahead. When I got my contacts at the age of fourteen, I was so excited. When I put them in my eyes for the first time, I noticed something. The contact lens sharpened my vision and perception of the things around me.

2) Eyes not only provide vision, but the ability to perceive. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” People not only need a vision to keep moving forward, but need friends to help them keep moving forward. Weight Watchers is not only successful because of their goal setting, but also the accountability achieved when the group meets for their weekly meetings. Members share in each other’s triumphs and failures together. In the same way, the church body should share in each other’s strengths and failures as the body of Christ moves together on their faith journey.

What people, circumstances or resources has God provided you with to help you achieve a vision for the coming year or reach your goals?

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