I have the sweet pleasure of being in Delphos, Kansas this week, a tiny dot on the globe.  This place has been dear to my heart for over 40 years.  As I wandered down Main Street last night, where an average of a dozen cars pass thorough in an afternoon and the caved-in houses almost out number the livable homes, I pondered what could cause this once thriving community with a school house full of children and a square full of businesses to be reduced to something that nears a ghost town.  Then it hit me -- vision.  When we lack vision, there is nothing to aim at.

In 1860 at the age of 11, Grace Bedall wrote candidate Abraham Lincoln suggesting he grow a beard to increase his appeal to voters and he did.  She lived her adult life in this home, deteriorating over the last several decades, on the corner of Custer and 6th Street in Delphos, Kansas.

In 1860 at the age of 11, Grace Bedall wrote candidate Abraham Lincoln suggesting he grow a beard to increase his appeal to voters and he did.  She lived her adult life in this home, deteriorating over the last several decades, on the corner of Custer and 6th Street in Delphos, Kansas.

When you think about your own life, if you have no direction to move toward, you'll never get there.  Right?   In fact, without foresight things will begin to break down.  There are a number of reasons we might not be purposeful (visionary) with our own life plan.  One reason could be that we just get caught up in the day in and day out necessities of staying alive which keeps us focused on surviving the moment, not planning for a bigger future.  With this mindset, we can easily wake up one day with everything falling down on us and no real plan that pushes us to become more.  What would it look like for you to think beyond the necessities of the moment and consider what's important in the bigger scheme of things?

Other times, vision of the future can get lost when we misjudge our own value.  When things don't go the way we anticipated, the unexpected can leave us thinking we don't have what we need and, therefore, we're not going to make it.  With this mindset, we can miss the treasure right under our nose.  (There are so many unbelievable treasures in Delphos, KS.)  If you are like me, there is a piece or two or twelve of your life that didn't turn out the way you expected it to.  Just because the original plan is no longer thriving doesn't mean a new plan won't.  What would it take for you to begin dreaming of a future that revitalizes you and impacts the people around you?

Just down the block from Grace's house stands this restored beauty.

Just down the block from Grace's house stands this restored beauty.

Regardless of what might have your vision derailed, start today envisioning a future that brings vitality to your world and the world of those around you.  How can you bring life to the town (family, organization, community) you live in?  What three action steps could you take this week to start the renovation in your own mind?