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
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.