Vision. Discernment. Looking forward with purpose.
All of the above means inevitable change, which is so uncomfortable for so many of us. And it's hard work too, isn't it? It's this delicate balance between not fixing what isn't broken, and not doing the same old thing just because you always have.
When I was in high school, I remember having an assignment to map out my life over the 10 years following graduation. What would my life look like five years after I graduated? What about 10 years? Selfishly, I was quick to map out the perfect life for myself (or what I thought looked like a perfect life at 17). Who wouldn't, right?
What I didn't realize at 17 is that real vision isn't about what you want for your life. It's about finding what you're called to do, finding who you're called to love. But even more, it means putting aside your own personal agenda for the greater good. Because when you try to discern what your life is all about, it shouldn't be about you...it can't be about you. Because real vision is selfless.