Discovering the vision God has for YOU
Do you know that God has a vision for your life? In Romans 8:29-30 Paul says, "God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun (The Message). He decided how our lives would play out. Since we have been given free will and we can choose the path of our life, we often get sidetracked from the original plan. The Word says that "we like sheep have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6, NKJV). To get ourselves back on His path and discover His vision for us, we need to do a few things.
- Pray. Ask the Lord to bring back to your memory those things that maybe you played as a child or that you enjoyed doing. Maybe you enjoyed singing or writing music or taking care of animals. Often, our childhood is where our dreams and visions began to prepare us for our paths in life.
- Look back over your life. Do you see a common theme running through it? I did with my writing! I wrote stories for my friends, scripts for plays and movies, and wrote research papers--because I enjoyed all of that. Think about those things in your life, too.
- Take a step toward what you think your vision is. God won't let anything we do go to waste, so if you proceed with something you believe is part of your vision and find out later it wasn't, that's okay. God will use it to your advantage.
- Start with something that interests you. Typically, things that interest you are part of your vision. You can include things that you are passionate about in this, too. Activities, hobbies, and the like all fit together into your vision, so don't discount them.