“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.”
This hymn is well known in the majority of our churches. I know personally, in my experience with church, I end up singing this hymn at least twice a year. This hymn has also been done in different renditions from some of the “new age” Christian artists, like Rend Collective. Also, this song has been speaking a lot to me lately since our PBA Vision Night, and thus has inspired me to share this blog with you all.
This song alludes to the Lord being our vision, in every which way. It helps us visualize how we, as Christians, want to live out our lives as “Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one”. But my thought is, as we sing this song constantly in our churches, do we believe it? Do we see this as our vision? Do we even have a vision?
We believe that as an association having and understanding a vision, His vision, is essential. This year we cast this Kingdom Vision out to our churches. Chuck and I casted vision, focusing on our church’s communities and focusing on our region. Ultimately the main idea is similar to this song, seeking Him to be our vision in every which way- for our individual lives, for our churches, for our communities, and for our regions. “His will (His vision) be done here, on Earth, as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10). After all, the church and even more specifically Christians would not exist or have purpose without His vision for our lives. So what’s your vision? Is it solely your vision or is it His vision speaking through your life? Let us focus as Christians and as the Church in seeing and seeking His Kingdom Vision.