I woke up this morning with vision on my mind.
A good buddy of mine, who just happens to be a pastor, is always preaching vision. And he is absolutely correct. A great leader’s ability to simplify their vision and mission into brief, understandable terms is a do-or-die type of situation. Or, as my bud says: “I’m smoking what I’m selling;” and he wants others to sample his wares.
Howver, it is a real talent to be able to communicate vision in such a way that the hearers easily assimilate and “buy into” it.
I’m passionate about what God is doing, and planning on doing, in Brasil. I often forget that I’ve been privy to the inner workings of the vision and assume that others will simply jump in with the same enthusiasm after just a few lines of description. It takes work to communicate what will appear as an impossibility to others.
I’ve been camping out in John’s gospel the last couple of months and studying both what Jesus said and what he did. He had an uncanny ability to communicate his vision in a spectacular way. Metaphors, parables, common-folk type of stuff — Jesus spoke and people listened.
However, the vast majority didn’t understand his vision. In fact, they killed him because of it!
To communicate well, you must deeply believe in what you’re doing—just as Jesus did. Jesus’ enthusiasm and commitment showed. He knew his ultimate vision, and everything he did was directed toward its accomplishment. His ability to express it completely captivated a handful of folks who went on to turn the world upside down.
It doesn’t matter what your vision is… is it contagious?