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For many years, my team and I have been working on our organization’s vision to help children become all that God intends them to be. I searched for planning tools on managing a vision, but there were none. I asked, ‘what are the indicators to know how much of the vision is achieved? How do know we are progressing towards achieving this vision?’ Especially in India that has 448 million children. However we see that people who value children and value working with the church have been with us since 2007. They have kept this vision going.
To have people on-board with common values is the first step towards accomplishing the vision. The next step is to survey the external environment, analyse core group strengthens and list the threats. The rest is common sense management practice - develop a strategy, pilot the project, showcase the success, form partnership agreements around common goals, pray for God’s discernment in every decision, keep calm and carry on.
Enough said. The purpose of writing this is to initiate a discussion on managing a vision that can help visionary leaders to discover appropriate tools and techniques for achieving their God given vision. Hope to hear more on this subject.
The forest has different types of terrain. I am reminded of the parable of the sower some people call it parable of the soils. Jesus says those who receive the seed on good ground will bear fruit. Quoting from NLT Mat 13 - 3 to 23
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
The Purpose of Parables
And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
The Parable of the Sower Explained
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Yes it is the collective produce from the forest that matters. The trees, the berries, the vines and creepers, the thorns and thistles all form an eco system that provides fruit, wood, shelter to animals and oxygen to breath. The forest makes the barren land fertile. So it is with the church. All members of the church are the body of Christ. The mature members (the trees) need to protect the weak (vines) in the church. The less honourable need to be covered with care as written in 1 Cor 12: 20-27. 'Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.'