Vision and mission are so central to the life of God’s people that without vision we perish and without mission we lose our way. Vision brings together needs and resources to meet those needs. Vision also shows us new directions and opportunities for our mission. – Henri Nouwen
With “March Madness,” Spring Baseball, The Masters Golf tournament, and World Cup qualifying, all here or just around the corner, you are going to hear a lot about vision and goals. At my breakfast roundtable this week we were all talking about the unique vision the great ballplayers have. Just about every sports interview you listen to in the next few weeks will include a question about an athlete’s or team’s goal.
During Lent we pray and meditate about our spiritual mission. We ask for clearer vision to see God’s plan for us and to see how to bring harmony where there is discord. Unlike our political leaders who seem to enjoy bouncing from one economic crisis to the next, we seek a clear vision of stewardship and community that goes beyond the end of the current quarter.
I can’t tell you how often I heard one of my many coaches say, “Set a goal, visualize it, and execute.” During Lent, as disciples we are working on setting our spiritual goals, seeing how it can happen and what it will take, and beginning to act with the grace and help of God.