A couple of days after receiving that DVD from me she asked me again about footage. That's when I understood she wanted raw footage - that I no longer have or can locate. So I asked her what she wanted the footage for specifically. Here is an excerpt of our texting comunicación:
Me: "And exactly what are you trying to do with the video footage?"
Her: "What do you mean what am I trying to do? I would like to do a video, of course."
Me: "[I meant] My video had a theme of sorts. So, what is your vision for the video?"
Her: "I don't HAVE a vision yet!"
Me: "Where there is no vision ... "
Her: "Shut up!"
Me: "I can't attempt to help if you don't have a vision ... "
Ahh, sisterhood! (Smile)
This exchange immediately brought me back to the blog entry I wrote the other week. It magnified and clarified why having a vision - knowing God's vision for you - is so important and why it is equally important to write it down. The issue seemingly is that my sister doesn't have any footage to make a video. The real issue is that my sister does not have a vision for the video she is trying to make. If a vision was in place, perhaps the method would have to change but the overall outcome, the theme or story she is trying to tell through the video will be accomplished.
That is, if she had a vision to work with.
Though I wanted to help her accomplish the expected end (a video to show at the family reunion), I did not know how to proceed because I didn't know what her video was supposed to convey.
Did she want to focus on specific intimate moments we had as a family?
Did she want to focus on the talent shows we have at the reunion?
Did she want to perhaps show the picnics we've had at the park?
Did she want to show excerpts of all of it?
She didn't know, so I couldn't make suggestions or roll up my sleeves to help.
When we have a clear, defined, written out vision, other people can see the vision and help as they are led. Writing the vision and making it plain has a caveat of sorts - so "that he may run who reads it". It isn't only for the person who wrote it down to look at it, be reminded, and stick to doing the work required to fulfill the vision. It is also for anyone God sends along to read it and help you run with it.
There is a particular image that would have come to mind to those that read or heard Habakuk 2 during this prophet's time. When a king had a new edict, decree or rule that he wanted to enact, he would have it posted in the square of the city. It was then the responsibility of a herald or "runner" to go and tell everyone in the kingdom what the edict said. Not everyone in the kingdom lived in the city or perhaps knew how to read. So, to ensure everyone was on one accord it was written down and then verbally conveyed to others.
If others are going to get on board with a vision it needs to be seen and conveyed. It is much easier to get participation and help when people can see or have been told where it is needed. If you don't know where you need help, chances are you will not get the help you need! I might have been able to help in some way if only my sister knew what the finished product was supposed to look like.
So how did the scenario end with my sister? Well, she came up with a vision. It was for me to come up with a vision and execute it! Unfortunately for her, it is not a part of the vision I had already made plain and written down! Executing her vision does not fit into my overall vision and would actually hinder my vision. Sometimes in order to make sure we stay focused on our own vision to get executed properly, we are unable to help others with their vision. Sometimes, it just isn't a match (Before anyone thinks I'm a horrible sister - the reunion is two weeks away, and because I have done a video in the past I know the editing time itself is about two weeks. That's with a vision already in place, writing out details and getting the photos, footage etc.. My video was actually months in the making and it was only about 10 minutes long!). I believe she and her husband are still trying to pull something together and I also believe they have a clearer picture, vision, of what they want it to look like.
As you seek God about His vision for your life, or as you are writing out your vision, or even if you are already in the process of executing your vision - remember to have it ready to share with others as the Holy Spirit leads you. You never know what blessing you are in store for or may be missing out on!
Just Around the Corner,