A VISIONLESS LIFE EQUALS A MEANINGLESS LIFE!
Not minding the fact that our modern world is full of motivational speakers, life coaches, trainers, etc. Yet one of the central teachings of these speakers cannot still be said to be well understood by our generation.
VISION – what a hot cake theme for the global market of life coaches and motivational speakers. Every speaker sees the topic of vision as the integral part of life coaching itself. Companies, industries and schools, pay out millions of U.S. dollars to get some high flying speakers to come visit them with a speech especially on the topic of vision. The general market of motivational speaking and life coaching is now in the range of 156 billion U.S. dollars annually.
Are people getting their money’s worth? Is the message really reaching the pew? Are ordinary individuals improving their lives, making their world a better place just because of their understanding of the role and place of vision in life? Well, I am not very sure of that.
That is why I have found it necessary at this juncture of the beginning of this new year to address the topic of vision, It’s role, importance and essence in every individual’s life. A visionless life equals a meaningless life in spite of how much hope an individual has coming into the new year. I therefore believe that this little contribution to the discourse would help at least a few to seek a vision for their lives and begin to live a meaningful, purposeful and intentional life.
In my little experience of traveling to over 60 countries of the world, I have discovered that the more ado we make about this topic, the less understanding ordinary people seem to have of the true meaning and relevance of the topic. Churches bring in speakers to talk about vision. Preachers do more of motivational speaking. Leadership classes start with the topic of vision and still ordinary church going believers can hardly tell you in clear terms how their lives are modeling this teaching.
As a matter of fact, apart from large multi-national and national companies, not too many people in our world could boldly say their lives reflect the truth and significance of the message of vision. So why the disconnect?
The reason for the disconnect might be in the fact that we must stop looking at vision just as a topic, just another subject on the table. Vision must cease to be the in-thing, a selling subject. Vision should not just be a rallying point for speakers. In actual fact, vision should not just be viewed as a speaking engagement topic. Vision must be viewed rather as a subject of life and death. Vision has to be considered to be connected to the very meaning of an individual’s life. Vision must be seen as something so significant without which a life is not considered worth living.