Updated: Mar 2, 2021
Everyone is not going to understand your perspective every time you attempt to communicate your vision, goals or desires. Don't be hurt by that. Unfortunately, if people do not understand your perspective, then it will be difficult for you to have the impact you intend to create with them. This is true whether it is a team you need to energize, family values you need to teach to your children, or your circle of friends that you want to be on the same page with you as you are on the cusp of making life changing decisions. We tend to lean on words to communicate the majority of our visions and goals, and Jesus did as well. He was often "matter of fact" in His approach, but when the situation called for it?... He used parables. A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. Parables can be powerful if used correctly. In the new testament, Jesus used parables 46 times to get his point across. In fact, He told us in Matthew 13:10, Mark 4:10, and Luke 8:9-10, " I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." But more than telling parables, Jesus was The Living Parable. He didn't just come to earth to wag His finger and tell people what to do. In John 10:10 He said, " I come to bring life and bring it more abundantly". He didn't just communicate through words His vision, goals, and desires for us...He showed us through His actions His vision, goals, and desires for us. Every where He went He talked and then acted. If we want to carry out the intentions of our purposes in life effectively then we must communicate our passions, visions, and goals not only in a way that people can understand it from their life experiences, but we have to walk out our vision, take steps to attain our goals, and live out our purpose. Let people see you being "a living parable". And for The Lord's sake our vision, goals, and desires must be about more than just us as individuals. My friends, that is how others are inspired. That is how we create impact.