Anticipating the Future

            Anticipate the future by embracing the lessons of the past while choosing to fully participate in the present. Both the past and the present are tools to prepare you for the future, for your calling, for your destiny. No one knows what the future holds but the Creator of all things. But life is about the journey. The word journey can be used as a verb or a noun. As a verb, “to journey” means “to travel over or through.” As a noun, “journey” is “travel or passage from one place to another.” Or, in the journey of life, from one season to another. How you digest and respond to each stage of life frames the journey, writes your story.

            The future is made of dreams, visionaries, and legacies, or rather, legacy-minded people. Dreams are the seeds of legacies. But they will only grow if there are visionaries who will fight for those dreams, and work to help them grow and mature into legacies that can be left for the next generation. A dream without work is simply an idea. A dream is defined as “a strongly desired goal or purpose.” There is an anonymous quote that says, “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.” Everyone has a dream, because everyone was created and born with a purpose in mind. So, if there are things that you dream about, projects that you keep thinking about, don’t ignore them. They are tied to your purpose, and you have been blessed with a unique set of gifts and talents that make you well-suited to bring those dreams to fruition. Visionaries are people who have clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future. They are the ones who know definitively that their dreams are no coincidence; they are the manifestation of their purpose and passion. Visionaries are people of action. They write the blueprint, and then they get to work on making those blueprints reality. But visionaries are also people of faith. Often those dreams are so much bigger than one person, and it requires a certain measure of faith in order for those things to come to fruition. Mark Batterson, author of “The Circle Maker,” makes this statement over and over in his book: “Work like it depends on you. Pray like it depends on God.” Big visions and big dreams require faith to provide the increase. But it doesn’t mean that you don’t work hard for those visions and dreams while asking God to open doors and opportunities for you to keep moving forward.

Don’t just sit back and watch your present become your past, and your future become your present. You must decide to become an active participant in how all that plays out. That’s what visionaries do. They learn from their past as they actively engage the present moment, with all the hope and anticipation of influencing the future. They don’t wait for life to happen to them. They partner with the Creator and plan to affect the future in a deep and tangible way. Visionaries see the possibilities of the future, and do all they can to make their dreams and visions a reality. Anticipating the future requires gleaning as much wisdom as you can from the past, while finding joy in the present moment, and then allowing that wisdom and joy to produce an undeniable hope that the future ahead is pregnant with promise.

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