VISION vs. AMBITION – Part 1

APRIL 8

Proverbs 19:21: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

We have defined vision in so many contexts but these definitions stand out; vision is described as the ability to see into the future, the ability to conceive what was in the mind of God when you were created and the ability to see this with your inner eyes. God is the source of vision and it can only be revealed by Him. We can, therefore, conveniently say that, a vision is not a private view of the future but the view of someone’s future inspired by God. Now, if nothing is revealed or perhaps you are yet to receive or know what God has called you to do, does that mean you will do nothing and fold your hands? I don’t think so. There must be something in your heart that you are thinking. There is always a plan or a future in your mind that you desire. It could also be that there is something or someone you aspire to become.

Yes! There is always a plan, the mind is never blank and this is called ambition. Contrary to vision, ambition can be said to be your personal view of the future. It is what you plan to become.

Having ambition or being ambitious is a good idea but not all good ideas are God’s ideas. The above scripture points to the fact that you can have plans. As a matter of fact, many plans can flood through your mind in a day but despite this, the understanding that God’s plan will prevail should be a guide as to what plans one should pursue. What am I saying? We must find out which of the plans is in line with what God has planned, otherwise, after fulfilling your ambition, your vision will still remain and will continue to trouble you since you are yet to manifest the essence of your purpose. Your purpose is fixed and your vision is constant: it doesn’t change; it will hunt you as long as you live. 

I perceive that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, or taken from it. God has done it so that people may fear before Him – Ecclesiastes 3:14.

The assignments may vary and change over time, but the vision is one and the purpose is fixed and it does not change. God determined it before you were created and God will not change His mind about that because you desire or aspire in your heart to be something or somebody else.

Illustratively, would a manufacturer change the purpose of a gadget after it has been launched? The answer is no. The gadget will only do what it is created to do: any attempt to use it for another purpose will tantamount to abuse and may destroy its operating function. The same thing applies to you!  The best you can become if you aspire to be like somebody else is a replica and not the original.

 

For further Study

Ecclesiastes 3:14

Personal declaration for the day

I will yield my ambition to God’s vision for my life

Questions for you to reflect on

What is your ambition?

What is God’s vision for your life?