Just as the power of a vision can move us and others around us closer to and eventually into a better way of life, the power of no vision can move us and those around us further away from a better way of life. Having a vision is so important. When we have a vision for the future and make a decision to pursue that vision, it robs our future of unnecessary regret. No one wants to deal with regrets in the final stages of their life. The good news is we don't have to. Having a vision and chasing it can minimize future regret.
1. Has there ever been a "what" that happened to make you lose sight of a dream? Has there ever been a "who" that made you lose sight of a dream? What can you do to keep sight of your dreams despite the whats and whos?
2. Caleb's vision was just not about him, but his children and the next generation. Have you ever considered the fact that your dream is bigger than you and will affect those around you and coming after you? How does this truth change your perspective on your dream and your willingness to fight for it?
3. The nation of Israel decided to follow a vision of fear rather than a vision of faith. They used others as an excuse and blamed others for their lack of progress. Have you ever blamed others or used others as an excuse for not going in the direction you knew you were supposed to go?
4. When we give people power over us, we forfeit the future God has for us. Have you ever given people power over you? What did that look like, and how did you move past it?
5. Where does our idea that assumes God's way will be the easy way come from? Why is it detrimental to think this way?
6. What are some things we can do to make sure that our dreams are being fueled by faith and not quenched by fear?
7. Caleb was as strong at 85 as he was at 40. He held on to his dream for all those years. His dream was worth waiting on, living for, fighting for, and dying for. He wanted his mountain in Hebron. He believed God's promise after all those years. What promises are most difficult for you to hold on to during this season of life?
Start taking step,s even if they are small steps, to pursue your vision for the future.
Joshua 14:10–11 (NIV) Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.