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When you think of vision, does something like this come to your mind? "Our vision is to win 35,000 people to the Lord this year!" Or, "We're going to generate $7 million of income!"

That is not vision. Those are short-term objectives.

Vision is your mental understanding, your mental perception of reality. Vision is how you see life and how you see yourself fitting into it.

Vision encompasses a wide range of understanding. This is the part we could call "The Big Picture." Everyone has to have an understanding of the big picture.

The guy working in the mail room has to understand how his daily effort fits into the big picture - not just his eight-hour work day, but God's plan for his life, for this nation, and for the world.

Every one of us has an eternal calling that transcends all dispensational lines. What I mean by that is, every one of us has a calling that is applicable to the age in which we live. Every one of us has an individual calling that is shaped by the gifts and talents and abilities unique to us.

All of these things add together to provide the kind of vision that gives meaningful direction to our lives and our ministries.

You have all seen those picture puzzles with thousands of pieces. When you scatter those pieces on a rug, it is impossible to make sense of them. If you did not have the picture on the top of the box to show you what the big picture looked like, putting it together would be nearly hopeless.

Life is that way. There are thousands of things which affect the quality of our lives and our success in life. Those things are scattered all across the canvas of our day.

If we did not have a big picture to show us where to fit each piece, life would be a lot harder than it already is. We have to have the big picture. It keeps us properly oriented.

Source: Positioned for Promotion by Mac Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Mac Hammond
Web site: Mac Hammond
Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing church in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Minute, which is seen locally in the Minneapolis area and can also be viewed at He is also the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.

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