STRATEGY is vision in motion. Behind every great idea and accomplishment there has always been strategy. As mentioned before, vision is where I want to get to and strategy is how I will get there. You can’t have vision without strategy. All too often people dream big dreams and hope for the best as if something big were to just fall in their lap. If you plan to climb Mount Everest, you need to prepare years in advance! Rule of thumb: My future is the outcome of my actions today. And as Francis Chan once said, “stop asking God, ‘what is His will for your life.’ Instead, ask God, ‘what is His will for you today.’”
PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE
Proactive is all about strategy and taking the necessary steps ahead of time to align with and accomplish your vision. Reactive is spontaneous; it doesn’t have a strategy; it just responds to the matter at hand.
The definition of strategy in the dictionary included something rather interesting: “STRATEGY - In military usage, a distinction is made between strategy and tactics. Strategy is the utilization, during both peace and war, of a nation's forces, through large-scale, long-range planning and development, to ensure security or victory. Tactics deals with the use and deployment of troops in actual combat.” For the security and victory of our country, our men and women in military and homeland security work proactively, ahead of time, to be prepared when the battle occurs. They don’t simply sit around eating bonbon’s all day then react when a threat looms on the horizon.
The world teaches us to be reactive. Just look at an infant’s behavior. Sadly, we have adults who still react like infants when things don’t go their way. Sadly, even Christians do, I do at times. It’s part of our fallen nature. God’s word teaches us to be proactive. The Bible warns us of the impending battles and to be prepared. Paul states it clearly in Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…” Putting on the full armor of God DAILY will help me to resist the enemy later when the battle takes place.
When considering our “vision” (where we want to go in life) we must ask these questions: In general, do I live my life proactively or reactively? Am I living for God proactively or reactively? Do I face battles proactively or reactively? Do I pray proactively or reactively? Do I read my Bible proactively or reactively? Do I give of my time, talents and treasures proactively or reactively?
God is a strategist. He works proactively. He had a plan before the creation of the world. He also has a plan for you and me. My vision is to do my part in fulfilling that plan. That requires me to be strategic and proactive to follow Him daily. Let’s strategize together to see God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.