Simple Living: Crafting Personal Vision Statements

“Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law.”
–Proverbs 29:18, ESV

A couple of months ago, I experimented with crafting personal vision statements for myself. The concept is very simple. A vision statement is a picture of your future self—a compelling vision of who you want to be in the future in various areas of your life. It’s a picture that you’ll be working hard towards in the next little stretch. I’ve found it to be a very helpful exercise in framing my life and directing my time, energy, and money into the things that really matter to me and my future.

Here are two examples of vision statements that I created for myself. Notice that each statement contains two parts: a general statement and a few specifics after to help me imagine what achieving it could look like.

I envision to be a man of prayer.
·         I make prayer my “chief work.”
·         I have 3 set times of prayer a day.

I envision to be a man of health and fitness.
·         I make healthy food choices.
·         I eat more fruits and vegetables.
·         I run 5 times a week.

Currently, I have four statements like these, each pertaining to a different area of my life. Although you could potentially have as many statements as you want, I caution against it. You don’t want to have too much on your plate and end up getting nothing done at all. You can always adjust or change your vision statements as you go along.

In the next post, I’ll suggest some tips that might be helpful as you begin to craft your own personal vision statements. But let me give you the first one now because it’s absolutely necessary.

Begin with God.

As I mention over and over again in this blog, it’s vital that you begin with God and His wants and desires. Craft your vision statements with God clearly in mind. If you don’t, you’ll be prone to envisioning a future that might not be in line with God’s Word and His ways. And eventually, you’ll end up in the wrong place. Start with the big 3 in mind: love God with everything, love your neighbor as yourself, and make disciples. What you envision for the future should ultimately square up with what God wants and desires for you.