In my previous post I shared what has been disturbing me lately about vision and how we leaders treat it when things look like they are dying in our midst.
So, in light of that, if listening and “seeing” are indespensable in keeping us from falling into selling our people junk food vision, how do we cultivate that in our ministries and lives?
I think, obviously, we need to nurture the deeply spiritual in us. Are we listening to God’s voice in our life? Are we growing in being able to discern his movement in us? But beyond listening to God in the inner places of our life, are we listening to the voice of the people we are meant to be serving too? Are we allowing God to shape our vision of the future by the way reality is impacting the people we lead today? God not only wants to speak to our hearts personally through our time in solitude and prayer, but I think he also wants to speak to us through our relationships. Are we listening to others, especially those most impacted by our decisions? Do we try to understand the world through their experience and let that inform our leadership and direction? And are we listening to voices different than our own, believing that God may desire to use these people to break down our egocentric vision and broaden the horizon that we seek to lead our people towards? How else can we see more and farther if we don’t have the ability to listen to whats right in front of us?
As for seeing, it is true what Sanders says, “Eyes that look are common. Eyes that see are rare.” Are we able to see beyond the status quo of our ministries? Are we able to “see the unseen” so that we don’t just lead people into a future that continues to affirm the way things have always been?