Click above to listen to the title track Unveiled from my fifth album as you read. If you enjoy, you can order the CD or MP3 Album or Sheet Music (the song is also on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and more).
What is keeping you from having a clearer vision?
A recent trip to Africa reminded me how to obtain and sustain a clearer vision. I was one of one hundred Americans teaching various skills to over 700 rescued orphans at Family Legacy’s Dream Camp in Lusaka, Zambia. The vision for my music class was for every student to write their own song using their faith in God and the Bible as their inspiration. And they did!
The expressions on our faces in this photo capture the emotion of three steps we can all take to have a clearer vision…
1. Surrender (to abandon oneself entirely) — A huge moment happened in my story in 1994, when I surrendered my career to God. As soon as I said by faith, “Lord, I surrender…” I began to hear God’s voice and sense His direction more clearly. It was so worth the wait for my vision to become aligned with His vision of career success. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
2. Seek (ask for something from someone) — In 2004 I found myself asking Jesus for a clearer vision, and to help me know Him and His voice. With my wife at home with our two young children, was I supposed to start a full-time music ministry? He was faithful to show us the way. Luke 11:9-10 says, “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
3. Stride (walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction) — I love this definition. God has shown me how 1994 and 2004 were part of His plan to bring me to Zambia in 2015, 2016, and 2017. After surrendering to and seeking God, if you and I stride forward by obeying each step He reveals, our vision becomes clearer. We can look back on the past, live now in the present, and move forward to the future with full confidence in Jesus. Philippians 3:14 says, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Which of the above steps needs more of your attention right now?
The song Unveiled was inspired by 2 Corinthians 3:18 and life’s “veils” which prevent me from having a clearer vision. A “veil” is a covering of my heart that keeps me from understanding. When I turn to God the veil is taken away and I can more clearly see and reflect His goodness. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”