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.
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?