Vision – What Could Be

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” –Goethe

Vision is much larger than just ourselves. God visions are huge and involve other people. The quote above resonates with me as a children’s pastor. Every weekend we have a few kids who are wrestles and need a little more attention. These kids are the reason why some of your team members do not want to show up. Yeah…you know who I’m talking about. You just pictured a kid without even trying. There are those who finally get fed up with these kids and let them know it. Without realizing it they begin to speak the same negative words over those kids that they hear from their peers, parents and/or teachers.

We’ve made it a priority to have more patience with these kids. Our vision—what they can become—for these kids and others supersedes our flesh-desire to be negative. These kids—even the “trouble” ones—have the potential to become great. It’s our job as children’s pastors and leaders to help the kids (and their parents) see their potential. That’s vision!

Psalm 61:2b states, “…lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” It should be our desire to go to that place where God is to get a God-vision. Standing where I am as a leader limits my vision, but allowing God to take me to the mountain top to get a better view allows my vision to expand—my vision for my life, my kids I minister to and everything else.

Does your God-vision for kids supersede your natural vision for kids?

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  1. Great post! We would do well remember that we are investing in the future of these kids – namely their future with God. Oftentimes, the kids who are the biggest troublemakers become the kids who are most on fire for God. We should never try to quench that fire just because we are fed up.

    Thanks for the insight!

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