Getting a Grip on '92 by Ron Clarkson

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Getting a Grip on '92
Series: Vision - Better than 20/20
Ron Clarkson
January 5, 1992

Read: Illustrations of clouded vision

These are illustrations of statements that lack vision - the ability to see what could be. Helen Keller said: "Worse than being blind would be to be able to see, but not have any vision.

This morning we are talking about vision - a missing component in the lives of many yet one that is essential for each one of us if we are to live and enjoy the kind of life that God wants us to enjoy.

Let me try to explain what I mean by "vision" through the use of an familiar, yet simple story. Illus: The story is told of two prisoners in a prison cell and they both turn their attention to the one little window in the cell, and as the familiar saying goes, "One sees bars, and the other sees stars."

One sees the obvious - the metallic reminder of reality. One sees the obvious and gets discouraged and then feelings of bitterness and anger begin to well up inside. one sees bars and the other one sees stars. The other one sees the possibilities beyond the obvious and there is a new hope that wells up inside. The possibilities of getting a fresh start - a second chance. Really, it is all a matter of what you look at, isn't it?

I think this world is lacking people who are visionaries. There are a lot of people looking at bars these days. People not willing to explore possibilities outside their circumstances. People willing to preserve the status quo in their family, their marriage, spiritually or emotionally. Why are there so many people who find themselves "stuck in a rut?"

It's much easier to just go with the flow, do what is expected of you. It takes courage to break out of conventional thought patterns and practices. It takes discipline to break out of those ruts. It takes security and personal confidence to risk failure with a new idea or new approach. If you are going to be visionary, you are going to fail. It takes sweat and enduran ...


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