“All physical realities begin with a mental picture. Vision is about formulating, developing, and giving birth to that new reality”. (Mike Slaughter, Momentum For Life, p.88)
Most folks who read this blog regularly know that I am a new church planter… it is mt job to start a new church where one didn’t exist before. Since I’ve been in Barnegat (it’ll be a year in March) I have participated in the start of a new Rotary Club in town (The Rotary Club of Barnegat) and the initial start-up phase of a free clinic for the uninsured Coastal Volunteers in Medicine (part of the national VIM organization). And, of course, we are still working on the new church Barnegat Anew.
One thing that all of these projects have in common is that they first existed in the minds of a few committed folks who were inspired to turn their mental picture into a new reality. We are created to be visual beings… we SEE. We are also created to be visioning beings… we SEE with eyes of faith and hope. Think about the last time you had a passion to do or achieve something… chances are it started with a mental picture that you had to work hard at to bring into a new reality.
God created the world in this way. God dreamed and visioned God’s creation and then brought it into being. God created all of humanity and invited us to participate in visioning as well. We are invited to dream and vision along with God… and God will be there to help us work that vision into a new reality.