In preparing for last week’s spiritual formation time at my monthly Matthew 28 pastors group meeting, which I wrote about recently, I came across (and used) a couple great quotes from Andy Stanley’s Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision.
Stanley talks about what it takes to pursue a vision.
Any vision worth pursuing will demand sacrifice and risk. You will be called upon to give up the actual good for the potentially best. You will find it necessary to leave what is comfortable and familiar in order to embrace that which is uncomfortable and unfamiliar. And all the while, you will be haunted by the fear that this thing you are investing so much of yourself in may not work out at all. (125)
This first quote speaks of the risk inherent in pursuing a vision. The next quote reminds us of the commitment that’s required.
Vision requires courage and confidence. It requires launching out as if you were absolutely assured of the outcome. Vision requires the commitment of a parachutist. You don’t ‘sort of’ parachute. You are either in the plane or in the air. You either do it or you don’t. The tendency is to approach a vision the same way a first-time ice skater takes to the ice: cautiously, and never more than an arm’s length from the railing. (126)
Courage is knowing the risks and doing it anyway because the vision is worth it!