It’s Time To Enlarge Your Vision | Devotional
scripture Reading For Your Best Life Now Matthew 9:16-17
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
Isaiah 43:19 Niv
Early in our marriage, Victoria and I walked through a beautiful, partially constructed home in our neighborhood. After viewing the house, Victoria said, “Joel, one day we’re going to live in a home just like that!” Visions of our bank account and my income at the time filled my mind.
It seemed impossible to me that we’d ever work our way up to a home like the one we had toured. I didn’t want to discourage my wife, but I didn’t want her to live with unrealistic dreams either, so I replied, “Victoria, I don’t see how we could ever afford something like that.”
But Victoria had much more faith than I did.
Before long, by speaking words of faith and victory, she convinced me that we could live in an elegant home like the one we saw. I started believing that God could bring it to pass. We kept on believing, too, seeing ourselves living in that beautiful home, even while we continued living in our original home.
Several years later, we sold our property, and after a series of successful real estate deals, we were able to build a house just like the one we had viewed. Hard work, determination, diligence, and some sound business wisdom all affected the process. But I don’t believe it ever would have happened if Victoria had not talked me into enlarging my vision.
The Scripture says that God wants to pour out “His far and beyond favor” (see Ephesians 2:7). God wants this to be the best time of your life. But if you are going to receive this favor, you must enlarge your vision. You can’t go around thinking negative, defeated, limiting thoughts. Well, I’ve gone as far as my career will allow. Or, I’ve had this problem for so long; I guess it’s just a part of me.
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of the Lakewood Church congregation in Houston, Texas, which is one of the largest churches in the United States; according to Forbes and Outreach magazine, with 60,000 members.