• Briana Holmes

Remember your VISION!

Magazines, scissors, glue, tape and markers are my normal around December of every year. Me and a host of friends have been making vision boards for about 6 years now. A creative at heart, vision boards are one of my favorite things in the world to do. Many people believe that a vision board is simply a board with pictures on there and you put all the things on there you like—cars, wedding rings, homes, money etc. Over the past few years, this has changed for me as I have used the vision board to remind me the commitments that I have made within myself and to who I want to become. As my life has evolved so have the things on the board—at the end of the year, I begin to ask the Lord what are some things that I need to work on and I assess what He is currently doing in my life.

This past year, the vision board was more special to me because I did it amongst a group of women that are near and dear to my heart and also were the first attendees of JS-Milestones (mentorship group) program. I knew at the end of the year when I was creating my board, that the moment I was in was the fruit of the prayers and work I had done years before I even sat in that room. I gathered many phrases and ones that I was even coming up with on my own. Some of my favorites were, “Hold the vision; trust the process”, “the stakes are high” and “How do I help her get to the top?” I placed my vision board right beside my door and light switch so I had to see it every time I came in/out of my bedroom.

It has been a tough 6 months and I have needed these words more than anything. I have had to stare at that board sometimes to remind myself that visions are hard to bring forth sometimes and that all things take time. I have been having telephone conversations with women and found my eyes on the words, “how do I help her make it to the top?” and remembered that I have a role to fulfill and to always bring my heart back to this truth—I am but a vessel. The rest is up to God. Looking back over my board, keeps vision plain in front of me.

Vision is defined as the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. For many of us, we need a visual reminder of our plans. In essence this is how the board helps. We need vision for our future. Whether it’s for tomorrow, next week or next year—we must have some type of plan for our lives (the parts that we can control).

Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Without revelation people run wild-but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.” It is simply not wise to live day in and day out not have a vision for your life. All those years ago when the Lord began to speak to me about my life, at first it seemed irrelevant, but when I began to honor the life that God gave me, the vision became bigger than the temporary problems that I was facing. It doesn’t mean that I am always happy with the different processes in my life, but I am happy knowing that my vision comes from the Lord.

I want to encourage you today, if you are faithful vision board maker like myself, to go back to the board and remember why you started in the first place. Go back over pictures and words to remind yourself of why that thing is important to you. And if you don’t have one, it’s NOT too late to get one started. We have 6 months left in a year, that’s plenty of time to get some goals accomplished.

As the year dwindles down, I am focused on the word “transform” that is on my board. I want to transform in every area of my life. This pertains to health, relationships, motherhood and even as an educator. Now that I have this vision, day to day my actions need to line up with what/who I want to be.

You’ve got this and I believe in you.

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