I don’t know about you, but sometimes I worry about my lack of vision. I am blessed to be part of a ministry that is constantly evolving as we try to meet the needs of our students. There are so many changes that we have to address due to fluctuating demographics, the shift in our country’s economic stability, and even modern technology. This new blog is a result of our need at Christian Women’s Job Corps® to communicate in an entirely different method than we did when we began this ministry almost 15 years ago. I feel as though I am constantly running to at least keep up with the middle of the pack in this “race” instead of lagging behind at the end. To continue serving women in Madison County by providing them with the best possible programs and resources requires a clear vision. When I worry about my inadequacies in achieving this God sometimes uses the most unlikely sources to get my attention. Who knew that my reassurance as I pondered this ever changing world would come from an ancient Irish hymn from the sixth century? As I was worshipping at my church on Saint Patrick’s Day we sang the song “Be Thou My Vision”. I was suddenly reminded with the comforting and humbling thought that I don’t have to create the vision. All I have to do is rely on God to be my vision. God chooses to reveal His will for our lives through many avenues. Sometimes we discover it through Scripture, other times we hear it from another person, or we may see something that causes the “light bulb” in our brains to turn on, making us suddenly aware of what He wants us to do. As we move forward at CWJC® I am excited about the vision that God is giving all of us and I can’t wait to see what He has in store!
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
Thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.
Original text in Irish by Dallán Forgaill