I think the words “vision & visionary” are getting over used – almost worn out. But Andy Stanley offered some freshness with his book Visioneering.
Stanley highlighted the fact that every idea is not a vision. A vision is more than an idea of what could be. There is a moral imperative that it should be done. It must be done! However, visions don’t always happen right away, and they often (usually?) don’t come easily. Obstacles can come from friends, enemies, and even myself.
Stanley uses Nehemiah as the example of some key aspects in receiving, articulating, expanding, and completing the vision – God’s vision. I found his examples and conclusions usually well aligned, and I especially enjoyed his insights on how to inspire people with a vision. I’m not sure I believe as strongly as he that there is a “God-ordained vision for each of the roles of your life”. In any case, I think it’s a good book to read if you believe God has entrusted you with one of his visions.
My notes on this book can be downloaded in MS Word format from the blue “FILES box” in the left side-bar of this blog. Look for “Visioneering” as you scroll through the box.