You may have been fooled like I was. I always thought 20/20 vision referred to perfect vision,
but that's not true...
20/20 vision is actually considered "normal vision." It's a test that optometrists give you to measure your visual acuity (clarity and sharpness of your vision) to see letters at a distance of 20 feet compared to other people.
In order for us to have better than 20/20 vision for 2020, we just need to have above normal vision.... to see things better than most.
Most people see things the way they are, through the lens of their experiences, personality, core values and culture.
But we can have an elevated God perspective. Our 2020 vision can be based on our faith, not on what we naturally see or experience.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
I'm sure you've heard it said that hindsight is 2020, meaning we can see clearly looking back on situations what we should've done.
But God knows the end from the beginning. He is he Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.
The #1 thing you can do to have better than 20/20 vision is to seek God this year, trust Him and He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:1-12) God has a vision for your life, and He wants you to too!
Here are 3 more tips for a better than 20/20 vision in 2020:
2. Allow the lessons from yesterday to give you peace for today and propel your future.
What did you learn last year?
Who are the people who have been there for you, supporting you?
What surprised you about 2019?
How do you see God building on the things of 2019 in 2020?
3. Instead of taking a step back, take a step up to look at your situation from an elevated perspective. (Proverbs 8:1-2)
If you were looking down at your life and season from above where you could see the big picture, what's ahead, behind and beside you, what do you notice when you aren't in the thick of it all?
If you're friend was in your shoes, what advice, warning or encouragement would you offer them?
4. Focus on the little simple steps towards your 2020 goals, instead of the seemingly big gap between where you are today and where you want to be in the future.
Break your goals down into mini-goals and simple steps that can be accomplished daily, weekly or monthly.
Too many people get overwhelmed and discouraged and quit before they ever really start. If you need to lose 30 pounds, the first step may be a 10 minute walk and 1 smart food choice a meal. You will be encouraged by quick wins and motivated to continue and do more. Before you know it, you will have lost 1, 2 or 3 pounds... well on your way towards a lifestyle change and big goal accomplished.
No matter what your hopes and desires are for this year, may your vision be faith-focused. Instead of focusing on what is in the natural, look at your life through God's perspective for a better than 20/20 vision in 2020.
Cheering you on,
Tiffany Jo Baker MA, CLC
P.S. If you have a vision for a dream to come true in 2020 (whether it is an everyday dream or a big daring God-dream) check out my "Don't Quit Survival Kit" full of soul-care, self-care and dream-care printables to help you fuel and fulfill your faith journey.
It was the first time I was ashamed and embarrassed to smile, yet I didn't even fully understand why.
It was the fourth grade.
One of the popular boys called me a name... a name I didn't understand... but I understood the context and the snickers from his guy friends. A name that called out my full lips. A name that kept me from smiling that year for school pictures and instead, I held my lips in to make them look smaller.
That was the first time I can remember satan trying to steal my smile.
The second was 7th grade.
A girl in my choir class, who was supposed to be a christian, but never smiled or showed any enjoyment in life, called me out for always smiling.
Her words, still etched in my brain, "Tiffany, you should stop smiling all the time, you are going to get wrinkles."
That was the second time I remember satan trying to steal my smile.
Since then, there have been moments that I have been utterly crushed, my smile hidden by the wounds of a diagnosis, relationship issues, and real life woes.
But, I learned years ago, during an especially trying time, that my joy was connected to my faith. Joy and faith work together, a dynamic duo, two powerful forces that synergistically work together. To have one without the other is like having dynamite without a fuse. A gun without the bullets.
Why do you think satan is after your smile?
You can have some faith without joy... we've seen those Christians in the fight and we have been there before too. But you can't have a lot of faith without joy.
Joy is the cup of coffee to you daily to-do list. It will keep you going. It will keep you from giving up. It will keep you strong in the fight. It will be contagious and draw others into the Kingdom. It will make the fight and the journey do-able, memorable, and dare I say it... enjoyable.
You may be in the battle today. You may be fighting the good fight. You may be believing and standing in faith. The most powerful thing you can do to your faith is support it with joy!
Protect your joy at all costs. Don't let satan steal your smile.
"The joy of the Lord is your strength!" Nehemiah 8:10
Cheering you on,
Tiffany Jo Baker MA, CLC
Tiffany Jo Baker is a 3x surrogate, speaker and Strategizer to help you birth your dreams.
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