I had a real God-slap-in-the-face, did-you-realise-you-just-said-that moment earlier this year. The past year has brought a lot of change for me, and a fair amount of uncertainty, during a time of being “between jobs”, trying to work out what the vision was with this project, and anything else I was doing, and generally feeling a bit like everything was on pause.
I had a coffee with a good friend during this time, and we were sat chatting about what I was up to. To me, this time felt like I was going around in a circle: I was working a part-time job, that was only just earning me enough to pay for my crazy Cambridge rent; and I was paying rent so I could leave my house early in the morning, for a long shift that just about earnt me enough to pay my rent. I was explaining how I was feeling a bit naff about all of this, and how it just seemed a bit pointless to my non-Christian friends – “my life just doesn’t make any sense without God” – when I was stopped in my tracks by the smirk on their face.
“Isn’t that what you want?”
However tough that season was, this is what it showed me: my life doesn’t make any sense without God; and that’s the way I want it”. Was that time easy? No. Did I want to give it all up and go home? Yes, quite a bit. Did I feel like I was on a big God-adventure every day? Not at all.
But I knew that I have a God who has ordered my days, and who has a plan and a future for me that is full of hope; and I knew it wasn’t my job to make my life happen – He’s in control. And when I looked at Him, he walked me out of that time, and into fantastic new adventures.
That’s where the heart for #iamavisionary came from: I looked at my life, and the lives of the people around me who are really running with Jesus, and seeing God do amazing things, and realised that that was the common thread:
It’s all about Jesus.
He’s the vision – Jesus is it. He’s the point of it all, He’s the centre of it all. And when Jesus is the vision, I am a visionary.
When we are living for God, it’s not about “ten tips to living well”, or trying to get people to behave right or be a bit nicer. It’s not even about making sure everyone’s in church on Sunday. My hope for this project is that we’re pointing people towards Jesus, and awakening a hope that when we know Him, life is an adventure, because He is our life, and our peace, and our joy. My hope is that we’re glorifying this beautiful God that we have – because this is not about me, and it’s not about you – He’s it, and my life is just one of so many stories of Him saving me and totally turning everything on it’s head.
We’re loaded up with tonnes of fantastic content coming up over the next few weeks: blog posts, art, poetry, music – all from people who have Jesus at the centre of their vision.