Proverbs 23:7 “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” 

In Genesis chapters 28-30 we read the powerful story of Laban and Jacob. 

Jacob, whose name means "deceiver" was ironically deceived by Laban. Jacob worked seven years for Laban so he would be granted the right to marry Laban’s daughter Rachel. However, on the wedding night, Laban ended up giving Jacob his other daughter Leah. Jacob realized he had been deceived and confronted Laban. The two agreed that Jacob would work another seven years to also be granted Rachel in marriage. 

The shrewd Laban got 14 years of service out of Jacob. He clearly saw the creative favor of God upon Jacob and that whatever he touched prospered.   

We see in Genesis 30, this creative power at work. It’s called Vision or Creative Thinking. And Jacob clearly understood the creative power of vision! He was preparing to leave Laban and they both agreed that Jacob could take all the spotted and speckled sheep. Laban agreed only because he knew he didn’t have many spotted or speckled sheep. But look what Jacob does… 

Genesis 30:37-39 Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that they should conceive when they came to drink. So the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled, and spotted. 

Here we see the creative power of vision. If whatever these sheep were consistently focusing on caused them to produce spotted and speckled sheep, how much more you and I who are created in the image of God! The key to your future success is in your creative imagination.   

Whatever vision in your imagination you are focusing on, that’s where you are going in life! 

“Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts”- Benjamin Disraeli

 “You are an ongoing process of becoming, growing, and developing in the direction of your dominant thoughts. What are they?” – Brian Tracy 

We are always moving towards our dominant thoughts. What we see happening in the future, in our imagination, is where we are going. If you don’t like where you are going, then change and train your thoughts about the future. 

Pastor Wayne Simpson


Train your thinking towards the future you want, not what you have