Inciting Criticism

There’s one thing that incites criticism above most other things: vision. I love Andy Stanley’s definition of vision. Vision, he says, is “a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.” A mental picture of something that does not exist, combined with the desire to make it a reality inherently fosters uncertainty. And uncertainty leads to criticism by those who are not risk takers.

I have seen this in my own life from time to time. Starting a ministry based on the premise that sleight of hand is a powerful connection medium is not the most secure thing for some people to buy into. Some of those people have questions. Vocal questions. Actually, more like strong recommendations. But I had (and have) that vision. I’m working on making it stick.

Question: What vision do you have that people have questioned or criticized? How are you dealing with that?


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