11 Aug From the National Commander
“A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” P.K. Bernard
During our recent overseas trip we spent time walking through ancient ruins of former eras in both Rome and Athens. We saw what was once the result of incredible vision now resting as sights for people to look upon and ponder. It was clearly a great vision that propelled a people forward to accomplish great things, yet it struck me that compared to seeing something with a vision, seeing something with sight alone is a passive engagement with current reality.
Could it be that the greater gift God has given us is not the gift of sight, but the gift of vision?
Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart. When a person doesn’t have a vision, they live by their eyes. That means we live only by what we see before us. Could it be the reason why people become stuck in life, and the future they could have never becomes a new reality?
Vision is a source of hope; it’s the source of courage; it’s the source of perseverance in the midst of difficulty. The writer of the Proverbs reminds us that “Where there is no vision, the people perish”.
From the earliest days, vision pushed the Army forward. A vision cast by God, captured by William and Catherine Booth, and owned by ordinary everyday people following God’s lead to see a “world for God”. A world transformed through a Blood and Fire Army available to God’s mission.
The new national vision statement for The Salvation Army in Australia is a vision we believe God has cast for the Army today and has already been captured by Salvos across the nation. Ordinary people through whom God has chosen to do the extraordinary.
This week began with a representative group of Salvos praying, dreaming and working together to develop the tools to be used in the coming months to spread national vision across Australia and begin to capture the mosaic picture of an Australia transformed one life at a time by Salvos.
Let’s begin to take the vision of a Salvation Army that wherever there is hardship or injustice, Salvos are there, living, loving and fighting alongside others transforming Australia one life at a time with the love of Jesus.
What will this vision look like in your neighbourhood? Don’t settle for what you see before you – look for the vision of what God intends to be.