Many of you may have already seen the clip of the speech given by Coach Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts after their victory last Sunday. It was one of the most inspiring speeches that I have ever heard by a head football coach. ( I have included a link to the video at the bottom of this page if you have not seen this speech.)
As you watch this clip, I want you to think about what it means to be “Living in Vision.” For Coach Pagano, it’s a choice to believe, and see himself, in a future that he wants to see himself in.
Currently, Coach Pagano is fighting leukemia. His circumstances are very clear. Without remission, the leukemia will eventually take his life and keep him from enjoying one of the things he wants to do the most: to dance with both of his daughters when they eventually get married. He and his team are aware of the circumstances. In fact, many of the members of his team have shaved their heads to hold a bond of support with their coach.
More than just shaving their heads, the team has taken a stance to live while believing in something that is contrary to their current circumstances, or at least the ones predicted for them this season. They, together as a team, are believing that they will win the Superbowl! They also are believing that their coach will live to one day dance at his daughter’s weddings.
In my quest to change my life before I turn 50, I am having to make the choice to really “Live In Vision,” and not just in my current circumstances. I recently found myself battling thoughts which suggested, despite my desire to change in the three areas I’ve discussed, that like most people I would mostly just talk about it and not really change very much at all. I have decided, and I have to keep deciding, to “Live in Vision.”
What is vision? A vision is something that we choose to see, an inner image of a preferred future.
It’s not easy to live in vision, but the rewards of it can be substantial. Even with that in mind, we can struggle to believe for something different then our current experience. Whether it is our fear of failure, or the pain of being let down, we many times decide to accept “what is” instead of “what could be,” because vision can sometimes hurt.
The struggle is this: what is current is guaranteed, but that which “could be” is not. And anytime we choose to believe in something that is not current, we run the risk of being disappointed and let down. I know I struggle with my own ability to live in vision instead of living in my current circumstances. It is not easy for any of us, and it’s surely not easy for Coach Pagano. While our choice of vision could something simple—like the difference between living in a better house than the one we are living in now, perhaps—Coach Pagano’s vision is the difference between life and death.
There is risk involved when we choose to live in vision.
Coach Pagano is risking the fact that, despite his determination to “Live In Vision,” he could be very let down in the end and lose his battle to dance with his daughters.
Coach Pagano’s team, the Indianapolis Colts, are risking the fact that they could end up watching the Superbowl on T.V. instead of the sidelines.
Despite all those risks, Coach Pagano is still choosing to see his life different in the future. You see, Coach Pagano is choosing to see a preferred future, not the one he is currently facing.
Its not hype! Its not living in a make-believe world, where you don’t recognize the truth of the circumstances which are staring you in the face. It’s simply choosing to believe that the end of the book can be different than the the current chapter you’re reading—and as long as there are more chapters to read, it can still change! Listen, whatever you do today, don’t put the book down thinking that you know how it is all going to end. Choose to “Live in Vision,” and your vision may very well rewrite the ending to your own story. We have a choice! Let’s live in vision.
As I continue riding my bike, writing my book, and talking to God about everything, I have a vision of something different for my 50th birthday. As an update, I have completed two triathlons and I am currently working out to enter a bike race in the very near future. I have also written over 3,000 words for my first book. I am finally making progress on this book which I have talked about for so long. I don’t know if it was the election, or just some of the changes in my life, but either way my prayer life is really getting interesting. I will soon share more on the actual changes in my life in the three key areas I am working on.
Today, dig down deep and find the passion that Coach Pagano and the Indianapolis Colts are living out. Just like Coach and his team, we can rewrite the ending to our story, but first we must learn to “Live in Vision.”