An old Chinese proverb says: “If your vision is for a year, plant wheat. If your vision is for 10 years, plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.”
It is good to learn from the past. And there is nothing wrong with reminiscing about the “good old days”. But the past is not an option if we look to it for a destination. We must have a vision for the future.
Jesus wanted his disciples to look to what was ahead. He says, “…I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for the harvest.” (John 4:35).
Many churches want to go back to a “Golden Age” that may have only existed in their imagination. Someone said that a lot of churches are perfectly positioned if the 1950s ever come around again!
We must look to the future. We need to improve our vision. We ought to be putting our time, energy and resources into something that will bring a great return for our investment for all of eternity. We need to invest in people.
What will you do today that will have an impact on people, possibly for all of eternity? In other words, how is your vision?