I was reflecting on my life journey the other day and considering the people who have been most influential in my life. As I thought about it, I realized that those people in my life, of whom I hold great respect, are those who have expressed a vision for me. These are people who have been my biggest cheerleaders whin I was doing what I ought and have also been able to bring me up short when I'm wrong. They are individuals who have seen something in me that is good, are burdened for that to be revealed, and encourage me to press on. They are my visionaries.
Dr. Crabb's book, Connecting, speaks of the importances of having such visionaries present in one's life. He discusses the value of developing a vision for others. I have thought about this concept often but not with such terminology. I believe it to be vital to the counseling session. It is hope that the client seeks. Although solutions are needed as well as trust and a a listening ear, it is hope that the client longs for. As Christian counselors, it is of utmost importance to prayerfully (not flippantly) be visionaries for the client and provide them with the hope of who they can become.