“Without a VISION, the people will perish.” Proverbs 29:18
When we are young we can envision anything. We dream and imagine what our lives will be like when we get older. As children we are going to grow up and be a professional athlete, or a doctor, or a lawyer, or a police officer, or a firefighter. When I was younger, it was being an astronaut or a pilot. These are great dreams and visions we have for our future lives. But something happens when we become adults. I don’t know if reality sets in, or fear, or what, but all of a sudden, we don’t have those same visions. Some of us become what others want us to be. We become someone’s vision that was not ours.
Having a vision for who we want ourselves to be is important, but we have to have a plan to make that vision a reality. The same is true for a business. There has to be a vision of what the future looks like whether it is one, three, five, or ten years down the road. Where there is no vision, there is no real future. Sure, you can go day to day doing what you do, but what does tomorrow look like? Is it the same as today, and will it be the same tomorrow, or is there something exciting that you have been working towards? Hopefully you have a vision for your future, and hopefully you are working hard to make that vision a reality.
On March 5, 2022, Mountain View Christian Academy unveiled a vision that has been prayed about for many years. It is a vision of what the 33-acre campus could one day look like. It is a vision that includes remodeling existing structures as well as building new structures for the church as well as a new home for Mountain View Christian Academy. That is very exciting!
Visions like this are not realized by only one person. It may take one person to light the fire, but it takes many to keep it burning through the night. The same goes for bringing visions to reality. The vision that was presented for Mountain View Christian Academy will not be realized in a day, a week, a month or a year. It will not be realized by one or two people. For this, or any vision to become the reality we all hope it will be will require an entire community of people who share the vision, who grasp the vision, and who commit to seeing the vision become a reality. It may start with “I”, but it ends with “US!” The collection of people who are closest to the vision. The ones who have seen where we were, where we are and where we envision ourselves to be in the future. And that all starts with PRAYER!
Our entire MVCA family, and beyond, needs to be praying together for the future success of MVCA. We need to be praying about the growth in our enrollment numbers through right-fit families. We need to pray for our current teachers and staff, as well as for new staff that may be added in the future. We need to be praying for each other as a family who share in the vision, mission and philosophy of MVCA. And we need to pray about how we can commit and contribute to the funds necessary to fulfill the vision. No one truly enjoys talking about money, but it is necessary for this vision to become the reality we all hope it will become one day. If each of the current families committed just $30 dollars per month for the next 5 years we could raise $288,000 dollars. Add to that new families, friends and relatives of families, other donation amounts, and that number can jump exponentially.
Like I said, this is not an overnight success. It is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It is praying, working, praying, giving, and praying, praying, praying! It is a community of people committed to what MVCA stands for and strives to be in the future. “Our vision is to be the premiere educational institution in Frederick County, Virginia, and a forerunner for kingdom education delivered in a manner worthy of bringing glory to the excellent name of Jesus Christ.” (mvca.ccmv.com)
Visions are necessary for survival. Without a vision there is no growth and without growth there is no future. Together we hold the keys to the future, but God holds the power, the strength and the ability to make our vision a reality.