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Vision

  • Vision is ever the mother of courage and strength. [Mike Mastin]

  • If you keep your nose to the grindstone rough and hold it there long enough, you soon will say there’s no such thing as a babbling brook or birds that sing; these three things will all your life compose - just you, the stone, and a ground down nose.

  • When one door closes, another opens, but we so often look upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. [Alexander Graham Bell]

  • Vision helps leaders get people very different ... from one another to pull together for a common purpose. Failure to build shared vision is the biggest mistake that gifted leaders make. [Bill Easum]

  • Boundaries are like the banks of a river. banks create depth and increase the momentum of the water as it flows. Rivers without banks are slow and shallow. Churches without boundaries in their vision statements try to please everyone and everything. The result is ministry that is ‘a mile wide and an inch deep. [Wayne Schmidt - Leading When God is Moving]

  • The Nehemiah Principle - Vision and purpose must be restated every 26 days to keep the church moving in the right direction.

  • Recently a friend referred to a person as a ‘mundane’ man The phrase intrigued me and set me thinking. The mundane man, as I view it, is the man who believes only what he sees, only what is immediate, only what he can put his hands on. He may be a truck driver, a banker, a college president, a clerk, or a junk dealer, - his occupation doesn’t matter. The mundane man lacks depth. He lacks vision. The poorest of all men is not the one without a nickel to his name. he is a fellow without a dream.

    The mundane man resembles a great ship made for the mighty ocean but trying to navigate in a millpond. He has no far port to reach, no lifting horizon, no precious cargo to carry. His hours are absorbed in routine and petty tyrannies. Small wonder if he gets dissatisfied, quarrelsome, and fed up.

    One of life’s greatest tragedies is a person with a 10-by-12 capacity and a two-by-four soul. [Dr. Kenneth Hildebrand]

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