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Published on June 1st, 2013 | by Nathaniel

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Got Vision? Create. Act. Surrender.

Vision Board

It may not look like it but I spent a good ten hours fine-tuning this latest edition of my vision board (above). I’m not going to lie, the concept of scrapbooking the future onto a board is one of the looniest “woo-woo” things I’ve ever heard. You mean to tell me to tell me by seeing a 3 x 3 cut out of a Range Roover, it’ll materialize? If that’s the case, maybe I should also paper-mache Kerry Washington in my five year plan…

Create: So what is it about seeing a physical picture of your dream that makes it more tangible? Recently the “Law of Attraction,” popularized in the Oprah Winfrey-endorsed book, The Secret, has garnered a lot of criticism from Christians because some say it’s not biblical. It basically says that whatever we consciously and subconsciously think about most comes into fruition. The goal is to reinforce positive and creative thoughts- often achieved by the visual stimulus of a vision board. Whether we decide to call it the “Law of Attraction” or not, the bible reinforces creative manifestation through thought but also necessitates the will of God. “For as he thinketh in his heart so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee” (Proverbs 23: 7).

Act: A vision board allows you to make a choice. Rather than being casualties of life, a vision board conditions us to be creators of it. It says that we can design our future. However, a vision board is only one component.  It requires that we take the first step of outlining what it is we want and also traveling to a “sweet-spot” where we change our thought process around our desires. After recognizing the desire, there is another equally important step: Action. In addition to thinking and praying about our desires, we have the responsibility of acting on and creating opportunities that align with their manifestation. About five years ago, I half-made a vision board. I say half-made because each section of my five, ten, and fifteen year plan only contained a few pictures. But I was pretty proud of myself. And I actually accomplished some of the visions on my board including attending USC and getting acting representation. However, after a while the things I had on board just became fuzzy little pictures as opposed to end goals that mandated action. We can’t think of the goal independent of the process; we have to make plans that act in accordance with our dreams.

Surrender: On my original vision board, there were many things that I didn’t accomplish and I allowed that to diminish my outlook on the vision board concept. I think I perceived my vision board as a concrete, non-negotiable, totalitarian outline for the way my life was supposed to course. But in reality, the vision board is essentially a representation of the trajectory your life has the potential to course. It isn’t an absolute. When we take the time to outline our goals, visions, and dreams, we give God something to work with. That sounds a little crazy right? It’s true- when we vision board, we hone in on the specifics of what we desire, giving God somewhere to meet us. By writing our vision and making it plain (Habakkuk 2:2), we are illuminating our goals. In regards to my previous board, once I realized my goals weren’t coursing in the time I had set, I saw it as a bust- essentially a failure. The difference between the “Law of Attraction” for the Believer is that we surrender our desires to the will of God. Proverbs 16:9 says, “We make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.” This doesn’t mean that we are taken out of the equation; it means we have to be proactive about our future but at the same time obedient to God’s timing and His direction.

“The way you think creates reality for yourself.” –Oprah Winfrey

“We are who we choose to be.” –Will Smith

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