A Life Without Vision

I remember reading about Helen Keller. She was a bright little girl who started speaking at the age of six months and walking by year one. To her parents, this little girl was a sweet angel and their dream come true. But at the age of eighteen months, she was struck with a really bad sickness which left her with a fever for five days. When the fever finally subsided and she went back to her normal routines, her parents noticed that whenever the door bell would ring, Helen wouldn’t  react. Or, if a hand were waved in front of her, again, there would be no reaction. 

Perplexed by this unusual response, her parents took her to see the doctor for a check up, to only discover that at nineteen months their little girl had lost her sight and her hearing. 

Could you imagine if that was your baby girl? She had gone from being extremely bright and alert, even ahead of her time, to losing two very important senses. As a little girl, could you imagine what you'd be feeling? Unable to see, more than likely your world would be dark. Unable to hear, you'd probably feel alone, abandoned, confused, unclear, unable to make sense of life, and fearful.


You're confused, unable to define your life purpose, and you probably feel like a failure. This all makes sense because in Proverbs 29:18 it reads, "Where there is no vision, the people perish..." Another word for perish is vulnerable, powerless or barren. In other words, without a vision you will produce nothing in your life with absolutely no advancement. 

It was Les Brown who once said, "The graveyard is the richest place on earth because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered." It is in the graveyard that you will find the potential of what could've been a purpose filled life. But where there is no life, there is no vision. And where there is no vision, there is no purpose.

When I think about a life without vision I think about death. Not just any death, but a premature death. I also think of suicide- a mental, emotional and spiritual suicide. Harsh, I know. I say this because I believe that a person intentionally causes a premature death by failing to believe, failing to stick with it and by failing to embrace what God has deposited within them. 

This is why it's important to know God's vision for your life and to pursue it with all your might, because your vision will protect you from living an unfulfilled barren life!

Thankfully the little girl who caught meningitis at a young age did not become a victim to her circumstance. She went on living a very fulfilled life, leaving us with inspiring words that have personally impacted my own life. Being both deaf and blind, Helen Keller said, "The only thing worst than being blind is having sight but no vision."

Choose to live a full and inspiring life. Choose to live by your God-given vision!

Monique Chambers