You Complete Me (and my gift)

October 24, 2011 — 20 Comments

Photo Credit: Andy Hay (Creative Commons)

I’m a visionary.

I like to come up with new ideas. I thrive on imagining what the future could be. It’s easy for me to take an idea, business structure, organization or just a passion and come up with ways to make it bigger, better. I’m constantly challenging others to think bigger, pushing their ideas beyond what they can imagine.

I like to dream.
And vision.
And imagine.

It’s almost second nature for me.

And right now, that gift seems to be the most important one a person could have.

Church leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, authors, even house wives and college students are challenged to have a vision for their lives. It’s not enough to be a follower. You can’t just be a hard worker. Serving your church, your community, your neighbors isn’t big enough.

If you don’t have vision, if you can’t imagine five years down the road, if you aren’t coming up with a dream to provide water for those in third world countries, or to educate those don’t have access to public schooling or anything else that might drastically impact the world, you aren’t living up to your potential.

Visioning. Dreaming. Imagining.

Those are the gifts we elevate in our churches, businesses, schools, even our homes.

If you are a visionary, if you are a dreamer, if you can create purpose and passion and ideas in the hearts of others, you are esteemed.

But the truth is, not everyone is called to be a visionary. Not everyone is gifted with the ability to dream and imagine and get others thinking bigger. Not everyone was created to look into the void and see what could be.

And that’s okay.

In fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:18-20

God created us to be unique. Some of us are visionaries, coming up with ideas and thoughts and dreams, while others are doers, taking those visions and making them real. Tangible.

To say one is more important than the other diminishes the role of both gifts.

Because each gift is important. Each gift is needed. Each gift has its role in the will of God.

And you can’t have one gift without the other.

A visionary gift without a doer gift produces great ideas and thoughts and dreams, but little to no action. Visionaries can imagine, can look into the void and see what could be, but very few know how to make it happen. On the flip side, a doer gift without a visionary gift gets a lot done. They can show tangible results of their work, but most of that work is disjointed and can feel unimportant

Visionaries need doers.
Doers need visionaries.

You can’t have one working effectively without the other. It’s God’s sneaky way of making sure we live interdependently with each other.

What do you need in your life to make your gift complete?

Jason Vana

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Jason is an imaginative leader with a heart to ignite younger generations to impact the world for Christ. He currently lives in Monmouth, Illinois, and oversees Ignite Student Ministries - a dynamic ministry to ignite youth, young adults and university students to passionately pursue Christ and transform society in high schools, work places and universities around the world.
  • Moe

    Today more than ever, I have seen the power of being part of a community. You made the point very clear that visionaries need doers and so forth. We can’t change the world on our own. We need… each other. Jesus, the Son of God did not preach one word, made one miracle until He first called disciples. Interesting. Did He need them? I think He did. They were the doers… after He was to go with the Father. 

    • Jason Vana

      I’ve honestly never made the connection that Jesus needed His disciples, but it is so true. If it weren’t for them, His work wouldn’t have continued beyond Him. 

      I’m actually in the process of finding more people to bring along with me in my dream. I have the vision and the passion, but not enough others encouraging and challenging me in it. Watch for Wednesday’s post – it’s a pretty big announcement!

  • Arnyslight

    Nice going VANA!…

    Saw that one coming and it was awesome!

    • Jason Vana

      Thanks Arny!

      I might have let the beans slip a little on Dustin’s post last week  =D

  • Tony J. Alicea

    The first step is recognizing and calling it out in each other. When you rightly recognize the gifts in those around you, you will be able to allow them to operate in those gifts.

    When you learn your own giftings, you also realize your weaknesses. I try to surround myself with people that have complementary gifts so we can learn from each other and help move the vision forward.

    • Jason Vana

      I’m in the process of adding to those around me who have gifts and strengths that I don’t. I realized I have the passion and vision to do great things, but not enough encouragement and challenge around me to help me do it.

  • Jason Wert

    You hit this one out of the park.  If you don’t have doers around it doesn’t matter how many good ideas you can see in the void.  

    • Jason Vana

      Exactly! I’ve been in places where the leadership was mostly dreamers, and nothing got done. Wherever you have a visionary leader, you need a strategic leader (or doer). By themselves, the gifts only operate at 1/2 of what they could.

  • Dustin

    Can’t have one without the other – love it Jason. As the opposite of a ‘dreamer’, this resonates with me. :)

    • Jason Vana

      Thanks for inspiring it last week on your blog! I actually wrote it on Friday and have been waiting til today for it to publish.

  • Anonymous

    This is one of my favorite topics. No one can be a one man show, it takes other people(with different gifts) to accomplish great things. Having a team of people with different gifts and skills is essential. 

    • Jason Vana

      I’m actually in the process of adding to my team. My board is meeting tonight to vote on expanding the board, and talking about different people we could bring on who compliment the gifts we already have, and add in those gifts we are severely lacking in.

      • Anonymous

        Your on the right track. Keep doing a great work.

  • Kristinherdy

    I have big ideas. I can imagine HUGE things. I need someone more attuned with the finer points of making those dreams reality and (sometimes) bringing me back down to earth and managing those ideas. Otherwise, they just stay huge what-ifs.

    This is great, man. 

    • Jason Vana

      I’m the same way Kristin. I can dream big dreams, and I actually am good at getting stuff done, but being strategic in it…not as much. I end up doing everything and get burnt out too easily. Need me some more doers to help challenge and encourage the dream/vision and help push it forward!

  • Joseph Waldrop

    Im not sure what I need but I’m also not sure if I’m in the right place for my gift to grow. That doesn’t have anything to do with your post though.

    This is honestly one of my favorite posts you’ve done. Great thoughts Jason!

    • Jason Vana

      I know the feeling, Joseph! I have been wrestling a lot over the past year if I’m in the right place for my gift to grow – both physically and with the people I surround myself with. Sometimes just a change can bring about huge growth. Praying you find what you need to propel you more into your destiny!

  • seekingpastor

    Good question. Probably people to join me. Of course, that’s mostly on me sharing my vision.

    • Jason Vana

      I’m in that same boat, Matt. Definitely need more people around me to see this vision come to pass.

      Now that you’ve been out of the paid pastoral position for a while, what is your new vision beginning to look like?

  • Jenn

    If I had to go with one or the other, I guess I would say I’m more of a doer. Not that I don’t dream sometimes too, but I can’t sit and dream without doing something about it. Like going back to school – I decided to go back to school and I did it a month later. (And it wasn’t easy to get into college a month before classes started.)

    My church had a class on God-Given gifts (not to be confused with Spiritual gifts) and I’ve been meaning to blog about it. It was really interesting and it helped me to see myself and others in a different way. It also helped me to appreciate the gifts in others, even if they are the opposite of mine and tend to annoy me. Maybe it’s time to blog about it.
    Great post!