Can You See Your Future?
October 22 — Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18a ~ KJV)
Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs and his staff had been looking for some time for a management leader to help them direct their rapid growth. Jobs approached John Sculley, the president of Pepsi-Co and one of the corporate world’s rising stars, offering him the position. But Scully didn’t want to leave Pepsi. After all, he was in line for the company CEO and his package with Pepsi was something Jobs couldn’t come close to at the time. Finally, after months of discussions, Sculley met Jobs to give him an answer. What happened next is found in John Sculley’s book, Odyssey.
We were on the balcony’s west side, facing the Hudson River, when he finally asked me directly: “Are you going to come to Apple?”
“Steve, I really love what you’re doing. I’m excited by it. How could anyone not be captivated? But it doesn’t make sense. I’d love to be an advisor to you, to help you in any way. Anytime you’re in New York, I’d love to spend time with you. But I don’t think I can come to Apple.”
Steve’s head dropped as he stared at the pavement. After a weighty, uncomfortable pause, he issued a challenge that would haunt me for days: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?”
Sculley’s response was delayed. After that meeting with Jobs, he was unable to shake the final question. A few months later, the business world was shocked when John Sculley left his lofty position at Pepsi-Co to join the up and coming Apple Computers and its fore-thinking founder Steve Jobs. Jobs’ vision for Apple was too great for Sculley to pass up.
A good vision usually is. It attracts others and draws them into its circle. No great work — be it corporate, social or spiritual — is accomplished without vision. Vision is essential for any successful endeavor. Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “Where there is no vision — no revelation of a better future — the people perish.” In other words, nothing will happen or be accomplished without a picture of where you are going and why. This is true of the Church and it is true of each of us individually. We need a vision — not a dream, but a clear picture of where we want to arrive.
What is the vision for your life? More importantly, what is God’s vision for your life? If this is unclear, now is the time to seek the Lord and prepare for your future in Him.