Vision for Life
Every Sunday, prior to the evening service, our teenagers assemble together for Youth Hour, during which I have the brief opportunity to share what God has laid on my heart for them. Recently, we were in series about Vision, which we identified as “picturing how it could be or should be in the immediate future.” We determined that any person that desires to have a fruitful life must have vision.
Regrettably, many teenagers fail to see beyond the present and to envision what their lives could be. I ask you the same question that I asked them: “Where do you want to be 10, 20, or even 30 years from now?”
- Still faithful to church?
- Living for God?
- Serving the Lord in your local church?
- Signing divorce papers?
- Raising a child born out of wedlock?
- Dealing with the struggles of addiction?
- Successful in your career?
- Bouncing around from job to job?
It is crucial that young people decide where they want their final destination to be, because that end will ultimately determine their present direction.
One of the Biblical examples that we examined during this series was the life of Joseph. In Genesis 37:2, we read: “Joseph, being seventeen years old.” This young man dreamed his dream while still a teenager. Young person, do not buy the lie of the devil that you have to be an adult to have a vision or dream for your life. Paul told Timothy to “let no man despise thy youth.”
The beauty of this story comes in verse five where we read: “And Joseph dreamed a dream.” Notice that it was not his parents’ dream, his pastor’s dream, his teacher’s dream—it was his own dream.
I must confess that, as a parent, my heart is so full of dreams for the two boys that the Lord has entrusted into the care of my wife and me. I pray daily that they will live for God and love Him with all of their heart, soul, and mind. But the reality is that, at some point in their lives, they will need to catch their own vision of what God can accomplish through them.
Teenager, I am sure that your parents, pastor, youth pastor, and spiritual advisors all have dreams of what you could become for God; but that’s not enough. You must get a vision for your life, and the time to grab hold of that vision is now.
I am reminded of a powerful verse in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” The word perish literally means “to become ruined or destroyed.” How many lives have been destroyed because of the failure of having no vision? I encourage each of you young people to take the time to consider what you could be for God with the life He has given you.