Campus Art

Angel of VisionAngel of Vision

Artist: Pepo Toledo
Installation Date: Oct. 8, 2016
In honor of Sam and Helen Walton who created the Walton International Scholarship Program.

Artist Statement

Vision is having the capacity to see things from the top, from above all, and beyond time. It all starts with a dream.  God gave us the capacity to create and dream.

The Bible says in Ephesians 3:20 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (New Living Translation).

Sam Walton was a visionary who lived this Bible verse. I didn’t have the honor to meet him as many here did, but I knew it from three phrases he left us as inheritance:

First:  “High expectations are the key to everything.” God gives us, as stated in Ephesians, “…infinitely more than we might ask or think…” Dream big. God is infinite.

Second:  “If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Have faith in God and in yourself. Let’s go back to Ephesians: “…God, who is able …” What is He able to do? “…infinitely more than we might ask or think…” How is he going to do it? “…through his mighty power at work within us…” Vision is like faith, “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1, King James Version). You have to imagine it; you have to see it with your mind, not with your eyes. If you believe in your vision with all your strength, others will too.

Third:  “One person seeking glory doesn’t accomplish very much.” Be humble like Sam Walton was. “Now all glory to God…” we read in Ephesians. Everything I’ve done in my life, from the smallest to the biggest things, like this Angel of Vision that we inaugurate today, is because God allows it and goes before me. Glory and honor to His name for His love and His truth.

Ask God for help to choose your life’s desire, within the purpose He has for you in this world. One big dream, an ideal were you can share the gifts He gave you. Ask him to send you the Angel of Vision to enlighten your mind and empower your project. This way, your dream will be the same as God’s dream for your life.

Invention is associated to the new, innovation to the novelty. A visionary must be an innovator. Novel implies change, but associated to words like rupture, radical, disruptive, revolutionary. The common denominator is risk.There is nothing impossible. Those who excuse themselves, and use circumstances as a shield, make them their own prison.

Visionaries know where they want to get and when. They must have the capacity to communicate their vision, pass on their passion and turn it into actions. The process is simple: climb to the top, see from above everything and land. Take action.  Vision without action is nothing but a dream.

If your vision is the size of the rest of your life, you’re focused. If in this process they call you crazy, you’re on the right path. This will make you part of the select group of visionaries. I end with another Sam Walton’s quote: “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” Be unusual.