Vision is the ability to see something in the spiritual or supernatural realm or to see it before it comes into existence.

Faith is the belief that one can bring the vision to pass.

Works is taking action on a consistent basis to accomplish or complete a task or project.

So you see, having these three things assures one of success in any endeavor. From a biblical standpoint, the bible tells us where there is no vision the people perish.  It further states that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen and without faith it is impossible to please God.  Lastly, it goes on to say that faith without works is dead.

I’m reminded of the life of Walt Disney, born Walter Elias Disney.  He is but one of numerous visionaries.  Today, however, I’ll write a bit about him.

For those that don’t know, Walt Disney always danced to a different drummer so to speak.  His love for art, nature and family was shown throughout his lifetime.  The love of art led to many dreams in pursuit of what we now know as DisneyLand and Disney World.  Not only that, but Walt completed and has to his credits Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. He was a pioneer in television.  He adds many firsts to his credits.

He had setbacks during his lifetime…financial, the loss of his mother but he had vision and faith enough to believe that his works would pay off and we all know it did.  Was he a success?  Of course he was!  The animated series, Disney Land, and so much more stand as a testimony of this.

What if Walt had given up with each obstacle that came his way?  What if he decided that even though he knew he had the vision and the faith, he was not willing to put in the works?  What if he allowed some well meaning folks to deter him from his goals?  What if Walt kept the vision to himself and chose not to share it with the world?

This would have resulted in losses in so many ways.  By pursuing his vision, having faith enough to believe it could and would come about, and working consistently towards it he has entertained countless people via movies, television, and at the theme parks.  His tenacity and persistence led to the employment of MANY and the education of yet many more.  So, in answer to the “what if’s”, many would have lost out.

Walt once said, “It’s the principal thing I hope to leave when I move on to greener pastures. If I can help provide a place to develop the talent of the future, I think I will have accomplished something.” And so, he established the California Institute of Arts.

My brother shared something that was told his class recently in reference to Walt Disney.  The instructor stated that after Walt Disney World Resort was completed one of Walt’s top men said he wished Walt had been there to see its finish. (Walt Disney died December 15, 1966.)  His third in command made a statement that was very much true.  It was, “Walt saw it before we did”. Walt Disney had the vision.

Having the vision, faith and putting in the works during our lifetime in pursuing our God-given gifts oftentimes leads to generational blessings.  Walt Disney’s life is a testimony to that.

Whatever gifts and talents you have, I challenge you to stir up those gifts.  Don’t just think about you and downplay the visions inside you…think what affect will my not taking action or not pursuing my purpose  have on generations down the line.  One person with vision + faith + works can lead to the success of many.  Don’t waste your gifts.  Don’t waste your time. The vision inside you is not about you but to benefit generations to come.

When one is passionate about their gifts, many doors of opportunities open.  Look for the open doors and walk through them knowing that every step you take is positively affecting the lives of many.

A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.  Leave a lasting legacy.