“The essence of faith is vision”. (Mike Slaughter, Momentum For Life, p.87)
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. (Hebrews 11:1)
When someone doesn’t have any hope for the future, or any vision for what could be, or any faith in something good that can be… it is called despair.
When someone has a lot going for them, but they can never seem to put their talents to use, or they miss opportunities because they weren’t even aware of them… it is called drifting.
Everyone needs a vision for the future. Everyone needs a goal. If I don’t have a vision or goal… I’m likely to spend my days watching episodes of the Twilight Zone and surfing YouTube. If that isn’t drifting… I don’t know what is!
One of the things that the Christian faith offers humanity is a powerful vision for the future. The Christian faith tells us that the God who created all things is STILL moving and working in world events… and is calling people to fill the world with love, justice, compassion, and friendship.
But, that is not all that the Christian faith offers. Christians also understand that God is in the business of healing our broken places (health, relationships, past mistakes, addictions, finances, etc.) and that tomorrow can be better than today.
Most of theses things cannot be seen immediately… so they require faith, hope, and a vision that they could, can, and will be so in the future.