Your vision is meant to compliment another vision.
Singing fills the atmosphere as Mary encounters Elizabeth and her child. I’m not sure I’ve ever had anyone sing upon entering a room with me in it. Mary expresses great joy upon discovering Elizabeth is pregnant and that she will share in this same experience.
Just as a finely tuned orchestra, our vision plays in harmony with the bigger purpose. Vision in a leader’s life is always more exciting when that leader discovers others are pregnant with vision also. This holds especially true when another’s vision is to compliment yours and vice versa.
God looks upon Mary as a carrier of great vision due to her being able to lead herself. Verse 48 tells us this as Mary sings, “he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.” In other words, she was living right before God prior to receiving vision.
We must be able to lead ourselves before we can lead others.
1.56 – “And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.”
Mary and Elizabeth talk. They discuss how the visions will work together for a greater good. They pray together, laugh, serve and hope. There is no jealousy of the other’s vision. Each is assigned a specific task.
God has given you vision as a leader. It’s time to discover how this vision compliments others as they walk pregnant with vision.
A few years ago I was able to go to Israel. One of our stops included the Garden of Gethsemane. The place where Jesus prayed, prior to His death on the cross. Looking back on this…
I discovered something about myself through my own prayer life.
I don’t like the way I pray. Why? Because it reveals so much about who I am, who I’ve yet to become and what’s in my heart. I found, through my prayers, that I’m pretty selfish.
I guess I’ve known this for some time, as I’ve often prayed, “help me not to be so selfish.” However, even in that prayer it reveals my selfishness. I hate to admit this but my prayer life has become about me.
I don’t know how long this has been going on and I guess it doesn’t matter. What does matter is turning the corner on this, and soon. So beginning today my prayers will be less about me and more about others.
This morning several prayers were offered up for extended family members and friends. My speaking with God included other nations and my own community. Prayers for another pastor and his wife were uttered as well as a couple facing a major surgery.
My pastor and his wife were included as well. God heard me offer up prayers for my wife, kids (who aren’t kids anymore) and grandkids. My final words came in the form of gratitude for all God has done in and through me and for others.
Perhaps moving from ‘I’ centered prayers to ‘other’ centered prayers is an answer to my selfishness, greed, lusts, pride,…well the list continues.
So here goes…how can I pray for you?