The Vision Guided Life
To accomplish your destiny, you need insight. This insight is the basis for all worthwhile endeavors. “The Vision Guided Life: God’s Strategy for Fulfilling Your Destiny,” written by identical twins Kay and Olu Taiwo, is for those who want to live at their maximum God-given potential.
Chapter 13: What Vision Is
“Every form of foresight begins with insight. Foresight is stifled when insight is shallow.” - Kayode Taiwo
Proverbs 29, verse 18 (AMP) says, “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish….”
In simple terms, vision is the redemptive revelation of God. Vision sees the end from the beginning. It captures the heart of God, and then translates it into practical steps that lead to restoration, salvation, community, and empowerment. In Genesis, chapter 1, God created the earth; then He placed man in it. Genesis 1:26 in the NKJV states: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…’”
This verse is pregnant with divine purpose. Vision always seeks to restore, build, save, encourage, free, empower, uphold, and redeem others. The nature of a God-given vision is seen in its love for others.
There are three principles that arise from this verse:
1. The Principle of Origin;
2. The Principle of Identity; and
3. The Principle of Destiny.
The Principle of Origin
Genesis 1:26 says “Then God said….” If the Bible did not identify the person speaking, it would leave room for guessing and doubt. But it tells us, “God said.” If the Bible said, “So-and-so’s Great Grandfather said,” we could pull the statement apart and say, “So-and-so’s Great Grandfather could be wrong.” But, the Bible eliminates any doubt or question as to who was speaking. The Bible says, “God said,” so man was not man’s idea; man was God’s idea.
“In a remote Swiss village stood a beautiful church. It was so beautiful, in fact, that it was known as the Mountain Valley Cathedral. The church was not only beautiful to look at--with its high pillars and magnificent stained glass windows--but it had the most beautiful pipe organ in the whole region. People would come from miles away--from far off lands--to hear the lovely tones of this organ.
“But there was a problem. The columns were still there--the windows still dazzled with the sunlight--but there was an eerie silence. The mountain valley no longer echoed the glorious fine tuned music of the pipe organ.
“Something had gone wrong with the pipe organ. Musicians and experts from around the world had tried to repair it. Every time a new person would try to fix it the villagers were subjected to sounds of disharmony, awful penetrating noises which polluted the air.