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visionaries and helpers

bringing an idea into an actionable stage is incredibly difficult. the visionary can often imagine but fails to translate the dream to reality. here are a few reasons…

  • the fragility of the visionary’s heart: criticism in the early stages of a dream can kill the visionary’s initiative—sabotaging productivity. 
  • the great gulf between the dream and reality: visionaries typically think in terms of “what” not “how.” they know what should happen but they struggle thinking the complexities of how it should happen (dates/times/promotion/general planning). 
  • there are many other reasons…

the biblical image of a helper is to provide resources for someone that they cannot provide for themselves (genesis 2, psalm 54/4 & 94/17). the visionary needs the helper. here is what the helper can provide.

  • affirmation for the visionaries fragile heart: the helper can be a affirming voice at the challenging early stages of a making an idea actionable.
  • helping the visionary bridge the gulf: the helper can provide a “how” (dates/times/promotion/general planning) for the visionary’s “what”
  • there are many other ways…

often there is tension between these two types of people, there shouldn’t be. there should be harmony. 


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some things i’m learning, continually… (part iii)

hold loosely to your vision and tightly to your God: personal/church/corporate vision is good. it’s great. but sometimes it shifts or changes. did you know that youtube started as a dating site? imagine if they clung to the vision of it being a dating site? your time wouldn’t be wasted at work (not in the same way) & one of the biggest www stars would, simply put, not “be”.
 
our original vision of what things (church, org, family, life) should be,
can sometimes stifle where God wants to take something/us/etc.
 
cling more tightly to God than your idea/vision/dreams. after all, He’s the the One who calls. He’s the vision giver.

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