A vision board that’s not light-hearted…

When I began working on this post I thought it would be light-hearted – a bit more adventurous than usual, I suppose.

The first time I saw a vision board, it was the kind you can hold in your hands. It was one of those hardback boards with the foldout side partitions. A lot of time and effort had obviously gone into it. And this was my thought:  “What’s a vision board?”

More likely, the question on my mind was, “Who has time for this?”

Do you have one?

A project like this in a high school career class I could understand. But grown adults with jobs, bills to pay, and kids to raise. I just wasn’t getting it.

Then, I joined Pinterest. In the beginning, this recipe-fashion-decor-DIY goldmine had my head spinning. As I settled in, I found it a time-waster with a certain entertainment value attached.

One evening while scrolling through pins I came across a vision board. Seeing this concept adapted to a pin board intrigued me. It sure looked easier than creating a vision board on a science project hardback.

A light-hearted concept?

As I look back at my vision pin board, I realize it is anything but. If you have a vision board, what kind of things are on it? Mine is, in fact, quite serious.

I recently looked at it and caught myself thinking, “Karlene, this is so like you. Where in the world are your bucket-list pins? And why does this board show no adventure?”

What does your vision board say about you?

It later dawned on me that in looking to add adventure, I was missing the vision. See, this is no bucket-list project. And that’s not saying bucket lists are a bad thing. You may have one on paper or a pin board (and I do), or even in your head.

A vision statement is said to be a picture of your values, long-term goals and perceived future.

What does your vision statement look like? Or, if you’re just beginning to construct one, what values, long-term goals and perceived future will you include?

  • Values
    • What’s are your values? Faith, family, integrity, hard work, giving, serving…?
  • Long-term goals
    • What are your long-term goals? To climb the corporate ladder and earn as much money as you possibly can? Or, to use your skills, experience, and talent in the places where God has you…making a difference in the lives of others?
  • Perceived future
    • When you imagine your future, what do you see? Are you working yourself to death accumulating a lot of stuff? Or, are you seen as one giving her life away in service for the cause of Christ?

No light-heartedness here. Things suddenly got quite serious.

Do you have a vision board? A picture of values, long-term goals, and perceived future. Here's how to create one...and why it's important.Create a vision board. If you do not already have one, you must. This is not about perfection. Trust me, mine is anything but. In fact, mine is a work in progress, which sounds an awful lot like my life.

Your vision statement should be taking what’s in your heart (what God has placed there) and bringing it out into the open. Even if it’s for your eyes only, seeing it will bring you encouragement and focus. And if you create a pin board on Pinterest, it’s done in a matter of minutes.

As I look at my vision statement today, I see how God has begun to bring about some things in my life that I felt almost silly putting down on my vision board. It reminds me He gives us the desires of our heart and fulfills dreams…when we live to bring Him glory.

Only one life ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last. – Charles Studd, foreign missionary and writer

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If you’d like a peek at my vision pin board, go HERE. What you see on my board says a lot about where I am in this season of my life. It is not where I was a year ago. I hope it’s not where I’ll be tomorrow.

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2 thoughts on “A vision board that’s not light-hearted…

  1. This is such an interesting post! I loved Pinterest when it first exploded, but I’m not quite as into it these days. In saying that, I really like your idea of having a vision board, and i think I might have to make one (when I have time!) I enjoyed yours very much. I have a “My Favourite Things” board which tells you a lot about me, but I would like to go deeper for sure. Feel free to check it out: https://www.pinterest.com/lauracthomas/a-few-of-my-favourite-things/ Stopping by from Faith Filled Fridays 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Laura. If one or two are inspired to stop and just focus on what God has put inside of them and even to dream a little, it will be worth the post. I LOVE your “My Favourite Things” board!! Especially that precious Ginger Lily. What a sweetie! So great to connect with you.

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