He Said It! I Did It! Lesson 1: Have a Vision
In 2005, Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustee Charles W. Buffington Jr. and his son, Charles W. Buffington III, did what many aspire to do: They co-authored and published a book. “He Said It! I Did It!” takes readers on a journey to financial freedom and a life of abundance that honors God.
In the first lesson of a ten-part series, this father-son duo emphasizes the importance of having a vision for your life. They cite famous visionaries including Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Allen, President John F. Kennedy, the Apostle Paul, President Abraham Lincoln, and the ultimate visionary of all time, Jesus Christ. What follows is a series of steps you can take to achieve your spiritual and financial goals.
Lesson 1: Have a Vision
- Vision is the starting point for all great accomplishments. Pray about your vision. Ask God to help you discern His vision for your life so that your desires will be according to His will.
- If you are married, pray together. Discuss your individual dreams. Then, with God’s help, together create a single financial vision for your family.
- If you don’t have vision, you will just be a pawn in someone else’s vision.
- Famous people who have changed the world did it through vision. If they can change the world, why can’t you transform your life with vision?
- We all have the capacity for vision. We just need to practice it. Practice by having a vision for one day in your life. Then stretch it to a month, a year, and five years.
- Tap into your own history. Everyone has accomplished something special through personal vision. You just need to identify it and replicate it.
- Write your vision on paper. Then write down incremental goals for one, five, ten, and twenty years.
- Make your vision tangible by literally touching and feeling symbols of your vision.
- Incremental leaps are a powerful way of bringing your vision to reality. Taking small steps will open your eyes to a greater vision, but you have to take the small steps first.
- God has granted us the power to dream, and He has blessed us with the resources to make His vision for us a reality.
Study the following Scriptures for a deeper understanding of what God says about vision and how to discern His vision for you:
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Habakkuk 2:2-3: The LORD gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.
James 4:13-15: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”