The first is leading my first personal vision cohort. Fourteen people have joined with me for a 12-month journey of finding and aligning their personal vision. It continues to be a great joy, and you will see a lot of new content on my blog toward the end of 2015 under the banner of "younique." Younique will be a brand for training and tools for personal visioning like nothing else currently available.
Another initiative is writing the official trade book follow-up to Church Unique— the book is called God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church's Future. Both of these books have me digesting content about visioning and dreaming.
Today I wanted to pass on five biblical principles for discerning your personal vision from Chip Ingram. These come right out of his chapter from Good to Great In God's Eyes: 10 Practices Great Christians have in Common. He calls it "Sanctified Dreaming" which I really appreciate. Chip does a great job of anchoring his insights in Scripture and is sensitive to the problem of chasing dreams for self-fulfillment rather than God's glory.
Here are his principles for dreaming God-sized dreams, each taken from the life of a biblical character.
#1 God commands us to step out of our comfort zone (ABRAHAM)
#2 God puts his dream in your heart (JOSEPH) I like his emphasis on God's dream not ours.
#3 God allows us to fail in our attempts to accomplish his dream in our own power. (MOSES)
#4 God teaches us through adversity to love the dream giver more than the dream. (DAVID)
#5 God clarifies our calling in times of crisis and often uses our worst failures as the platform for his future fulfillment. (PAUL)
I particularly like the last principle. Scarcity breeds clarity. And I am always amazed how God uses our failures to bring his fulfillment, which has reflected my own life story.