Over a year ago, for my birthday, Steph bought me a book I had never heard of: Visioneering, by Andy Stanley.

She bought it because she knows I seriously admire Andy Stanley, and I would love to learn anything I can from him.

But she also bought it because she knows that I have a borderline unhealthy awareness that our life is a vapor, and I desperately want to be faithful with all the opportunities that God has put in my life.  Everywhere I look, I see what is, and what could be should be, and the tension between the two keeps me awake at night. It keeps my mind racing.

Well, life happens and the book got hidden on a shelf and forgotten about until this weekend, and yesterday morning I excitedly dug into it.

So far, I’ve read two chapters, and I can’t begin to express how much I needed this right now. Andy uses the story of Nehemiah to pick apart the pieces of a vision.

He starts with this thesis:

Vision is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.

That’s on the first page. And it seems like every other line so far is a clear articulation of a feeling that I have been wrestling with a lot lately.

So far, Visioneering is a God-send for putting this season of my life in perspective.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post some good quotes/nuggets later this week.

In the meantime, I’m curious: Do you have a vision? It could be short-term or long-term, big or small.

If so, what is it?


  1. I’m waiting for a customer to respond to an email, so a couple thoughts. I think about the song that envisions “that the kingdoms of the world shall be the kingdoms of our God…” and Jesus saying, “I came to seek and save that which is lost”. I had someone once tell me that it says, “that” which is lost, not “those whom”. Obviously it’s not the goal to save structures, but people–although in redeeming structures, a culture can be influenced–people saved. I don’t want to concede a hopeless reality that so many structures aren’t redeemable or simply not relevant or important to God. Among those: politics, news media, educational systems, science, and yes, even entertainment. I believe those can and will be permeated with the message of the Kingdom one day. Although, on days when I read the newspapers or watch a movie I shouldn’t, it’s easy to wave a white flag more than I should. American justices once, on occasion, gave prayers and altar calls at the end of courtroom cases, creationism was once taught in school (teaching evolution being so ghastly that it required a Supreme Court case), Basketball was created by James Naismith “as an instrument to bring young men to Christ”, and on and on. All that to say, it would be awesome to see these institutions turn en masse toward the Kingdom.

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