Magazines, scissors, glue, tape and markers are my normalaround December of every year. Me and a host of friends have been making visionboards for about 6 years now. A creative at heart, vision boards are one of myfavorite things in the world to do. Many people believe that a vision board issimply 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 forme as I have used the vision board to remind me the commitments that I have madewithin myself and to who I want to become. As my life has evolved so have the thingson the board—at the end of the year, I begin to ask the Lord what are somethings that I need to work on and I assess what He is currently doing in mylife.
This past year, the vision board was more special tome because I did it amongst a group of women that are near and dear to my heartand 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 wasin was the fruit of the prayers and work I had done years before I even sat inthat room. I gathered many phrases and ones that I was even coming up with onmy own. Some of my favorites were, “Hold the vision; trust the process”, “the stakesare high” and “How do I help her get to the top?” I placed my vision boardright beside my door and light switch so I had to see it every time I came in/outof my bedroom.
It has been a tough 6 months and I have needed thesewords more than anything. I have had to stare at that board sometimes to remindmyself that visions are hard to bring forth sometimes and that all things taketime. I have been having telephone conversations with women and found my eyeson the words, “how do I help her make it to the top?” and remembered that Ihave a role to fulfill and to always bring my heart back to this truth—I am buta vessel. The rest is up to God. Looking back over my board, keeps vision plainin front of me.
Vision is defined as the ability to think about orplan the future with imagination or wisdom. For many of us, we need a visualreminder of our plans. In essence this is how the board helps. We need visionfor our future. Whether it’s for tomorrow, next week or next year—we must havesome type of plan for our lives (the parts that we can control).
Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Without revelation people runwild-but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.” It is simply notwise to live day in and day out not have a vision for your life. All thoseyears ago when the Lord began to speak to me about my life, at first it seemedirrelevant, but when I began to honor the life that God gave me, the visionbecame bigger than the temporary problems that I was facing. It doesn’t meanthat I am always happy with the different processes in my life, but I am happyknowing that my vision comes from the Lord.
I want to encourage you today, if you are faithfulvision board maker like myself, to go back to the board and remember why youstarted in the first place. Go back over pictures and words to remind yourselfof why that thing is important to you. And if you don’t have one, it’s NOT toolate to get one started. We have 6 months left in a year, that’s plenty of timeto 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 pertainsto health, relationships, motherhood and even as an educator. Now that I havethis vision, day to day my actions need to line up with what/who I want to be.