If you’ve had occasion to visit BJC Hospital, North Campus (formerly Jewish Hospital) lately, you have no doubt noticed all the construction going on. No doubt, because you just can’t escape it. No matter which direction you approach the hospital you’re faced with a “you-can’t-get-there-from-here” scenario. The walkway linking the south campus and Children’s Hospital is closed. If you park in the new north lot, even though you can see where you want to go right across Forest Park Blvd., you can’t get there that easily. You have to take the elevator to the 5th floor, go across the skywalk, down some stairs, down a hall, ride the elevator down four floors in a medical building, exit that building, and walk across to Jewish.
All of this construction chaos causes difficulties for workers and visitors alike. I can only imagine the frustration that has to be dealt with by the staff as they try to carry on a full program of health care amid all the confusion.
The hospital administration has done something very wise. They have placed a three-dimensional scale model of the finished project in a large glass case right in the middle of the highest traffic area of the hospital. Every time I go by it there are groups of two, three, or four hospital employees standing there looking at it, pointing out where their department will be, and discussing it. From what I can tell, hospital morale seems to be high. I believe that the model is in large part responsible for that high morale.
When people can see a vivid image of the dream, they will go through the inconvenience of change. If we can see the prize, we will pay the price. The vivid image of a dream completed gives meaning to the struggle. Without that vision, people become frustrated, discouraged, and negative. If the vision is clearly communicated, people will endure incredible difficulty.
I believe this principle is applicable in our individual lives as well. If you have a definite purpose, clearly defined goals, and a vision of where you want to go in life, you stand a much greater chance of experiencing success and happiness in whatever you do.
I recently read that over 95 % of all people don’t know what they really want in life. Studies show that less than 3% of us have our life goals written down. If we don’t know where we want to go in life, chances are we won’t get there. Have you ever asked yourself, “What do you really want in life?” If you get really serious about that, you’ll find that it’s not an easy question to answer. But it is important that we work thorough that process.
James says, “…ye have not, because ye ask not.” (James 4:2) Could it really be that simple? Many people are unhappy with their lot in life. Could it actually be because they haven’t asked? I believe that that’s exactly the case. First, they haven’t asked the Lord what he wants in their life. Secondly, they haven’t asked themselves what they really want in life. Since they don’t have a vivid picture in their mind, they can’t see where they’re going and all the change and confusion around them is meaningless and frustrating.
Jesus said it is this simple: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8) It’s simple in concept, but not easy to do. When you get a clear picture of what you want in life and begin asking, seeking, and knocking (praying, planning, and working), amazing things will begin to happen for you. Wouldn’t it be ironic to get to heaven and find out that we could have had the desires of our heart if we’d only learned to ask.
Let’s get a clear vision of what we want, then start asking, seeking, and knocking.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:1)