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Communicating Your Vision

What do you think about when someone catches you daydreaming? You know, when you’ve drifted off into la-la land? Let’s throw out things like boyfriend/girlfriend stuff, or the test you may flunk tomorrow. I’m talking about real life - meaningful stuff here.

The meaningful stuff that you think deeply about may be part of a vision God is giving you. Another phrase for vision is "a preferred future."

  • What would you like God to do with your life?
  • What would you like to see God do on your high school campus?

Answers to these questions about a "preferred future" are important parts of a vision that God can give you.

Nothing of eternal value happens by accident. The truth is that God’s plan involves using people like you and me to bring hope and truth to a needy world. The person that God uses often begins by asking the question, "What if?"

  • What if God could use me?
  • What would happen if everyone on my campus knew about Jesus?
  • What would happen if I really believed God’s promises for my life?

It’s quite a thought, but God tells us in His Word that He is looking for people just like you to ask these questions. Dare to ask Him – He will speak to you from His Word.

Listen to some of His answers:

"But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’" - 2 Corinthians 12:9

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." - Philippians 4:13

"The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it." - 1 Thessalonians 5:14

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20

Okay. Now that you are convinced about God’s power in your life and His desire to use you, the next step involves communicating this vision to others. One of the great things about ministry is the chance to join a team of people committed to the same thing you are. Fellow students, youth pastors, teachers and parents all could be part of the team God will put together to help reach your campus.

Here’s a good "what if" question: "What if I don’t have a clue how this vision for my campus can come about?" Don’t worry – God will bring others as part of your team who can help design a plan.

Before you begin sharing your vision with other students and the community at large, here are a few questions to help you organize your thoughts.

  • What needs among teens do I see on campus and in the community?
  • What is God telling me about these needs?
  • What has God placed on my heart?
  • How has God equipped me for this work?
  • How has God used me in the past?
  • What is God doing already on my campus and community?

Answering these questions will help you build a vision that will communicate to others. Remember that some people will be excited to hear your vision, and others will not really give a rip. There once was a guy named Noah who built a boat the size of Rhode Island – and took a lot of grief for it. But he obeyed the vision God gave him, and the boat worked in the storm.

Share the vision that God has given you – you will be amazed how God works through your life as well.

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