Without a vision, people perish. — Proverbs 29:18

“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey

I’ll never forget embarking on my first triathlon. I had never done an open water swim, but I heard it’s very different than swimming in the local pool. It was like what I had heard; as we started off, I could feel hands and feet hitting my body. It was very chaotic trying to find space to swim. As we began to swim into the lake, I began to understand that the only way I could see where I needed to go was through a technique called ‘sighting.’ I had tried this technique a couple of times but didn’t spend much time. I didn’t realize how much effort and energy this technique of lifting the head out of the water to breathe and to look ahead for direction. As time passed and energy decreased, I decided to follow the feeling I could feel ahead of me. As I followed the feet, the waters began to calm around me. After several minutes I decided to look up to see how much farther we had to go. To my surprise, I was following someone who hadn’t mastered the ‘sighting’ technique either. He was leading me in the wrong direction.

Vision gives us direction. The problem is, what vision are we following? Are we following the vision the world is giving us? Get more money. Create the lifestyle you want. Be whoever you want to be. Life is best on your own terms.

If we aren’t careful, we’ll follow a vision that leads us away from God’s plans for our lives. Proverbs says without a vision, people perish. Without vision and direction, people lose hope and focus. We are people who need a picture of the future to help us lay out a plan for our days.

Leadership expert Stephen Covey talks about this biblical principle in his NYC Bestselling book Seven Habits of highly effective people. He says you must ‘begin with the end in mind.’ He talks about the power of beginning with the end in mind because it brings clarity to where we are going.

When we know where we are going, we’ll be able to develop a path to get there. Our future is a picture of where God wants to take us and who God wants us to be. We must begin by thinking, dreaming, and painting a picture of God’s purpose for our lives. Before we were born, God knew us and had a plan for our lives. Our job is to ask God to give us clarity and understanding on it.

Do you have a vision for your life?


Ask God to give you his dream for your life. Invite God to give you clarity on why he created you and try to describe in one or sentences.