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Living God's Vision

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

living God's visionI once had a friend whose affluent family planned to sell their upscale home in an exclusive neighborhood. My friend brought me an advertisement for her family’s home. Her real estate agent had placed the ad and described some of the house’s features: “Five bedrooms, four baths, sauna, quarters . . .” 

“What’s quarters?” my friend asked. 

“Real estate agents use the term for a bedroom and bath where a live-in housekeeper might stay,” I explained. “Do you have something like that?”

“Well, yes, it’s just off the kitchen, but we use it for storage,” she said.

“Your agent saw that and described it in the ad as quarters. What you saw as ordinary, she saw as promising.”

In many ways, that’s how God deals with us. We may think of ourselves as obscure nonentities or lack the self-confidence to accomplish God’s plans. We might never think about what He could do through us.

But God sees us as promise-filled co-laborers in His service. He views us as valuable, precious, worthy, and qualified to receive His love, guidance, and provision. He has a vision for us—one as real as the real estate agent’s for the house.

What are some ways you could live God’s vision for you?

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Anne Adams

Anne Adams is a retired church staffer living in Athens, Texas, where she writes a historical column for the local newspaper. Her book Brittany, Child of Joy, tells about her mentally disabled daughter and was published in 1986 by Broadman. She has taught junior college history and has published in Christian and secular publications for forty years.