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How do I Discern My Vision?

The second part of the question is what to do if your dream job or situation pays poorly or is limited by opportunity, availability, or any other factor. I would give the same answer I gave earlier. Don’t let your perceived ideas about your future be limited to your current knowledge of any particular field. You might not be talented enough to give a solo concert at Carnegie Hall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with music in some way. The same holds true for any other field of endeavor.

The most important task is listening to your spirit. God has given you talents and abilities. You are a unique child of God, with a purpose and plan for your life. As you listen carefully to the voice inside you are experiencing God communicating with you.

Don’t dispel the notions that what you think might not be true. Unless you have serious mental problems, you won’t hear voices telling you to do harm. God wants only the best for us, so His voice will lead you to those things that will enrich your life and serve God’s people.

Julia Cameron writes in “Finding Water” that when she is experiencing difficulty writing she prays, “Please, God, send me the willingness to just listen and write.” What wonderful advice for us to take into our own hearts. When you are stumped, feel frustrated, or still can’t quite seem to find your vision, just be quiet. Ask God for the vision. And then really quiet your soul. Find the peace within to hear the answer you seek.

When you know your vision, write it down! Read Habakkuk 2:2-3 says: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets. That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Writing down your vision helps clarify it and your thinking. Also, there is something very powerful about writing down the vision, making it plain, so you can see it each day.

Remind yourself what you are working toward so you can lessen your distractions! The very details of daily life can pull us away from our dreams and visions. God gave us these visions, dreams of a life well-lived, with contentment and creativity at hand. It is up to us to make it happen!

Next week we can dig deeper into the concept of writing down the vision. For the time being, if you don’t want to share your vision with others, keep it to yourself. Sometimes we have to protect the most vulnerable parts of ourselves in order to finally bring them into fruition. Never let anyone rob you of your vision. Never, never, never. God has given you the vision: remember how special you are to God, so your vision is also special.

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This is some powerful advice! I recommend you read it through and then let your own thoughts lead you to a new creation for your writing!

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I know you have a book in you and you are ready to get it out. I know that not because I am psychic but because you are reading this. I know I have one too (I am working on my second). This is a wonderful time for the both of us!

I will take full credit right now: James’s latest book, “Choose Yourself” would have been a disaster and a flop if not for me.

DO NOT EVEN QUESTION ME IF YOU ARE READING THIS, JAMES.

Let me tell you James’ story.

November 2012: I notice that James has just sent an email to a consultant we use that said: “Please upload this to Amazon when you can.” A book called The Choose Yourself Era was attached. That’s it. One line. One attachment.

Thank God he cc-ed me!

I open the attachment and see the very first draft…

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The greatest joy we can have in life is to have a close relationship with God and to experience His presence in our lives. God loves us and has created us with a plan and a purpose for our lives. God always invites us into a dance with Him, to love Him and others, and to live out His vision for us.

For our part, we have to discover a vision for ourselves that propels us through our entire lives. How do we find that vision? We will explore the idea of vision over a few blogs. We can know that by reading God’s word, praying, and sharing with other Christians, we can find and articulate a vision for our lives.

You might be asking, how do I find my vision? Ask yourself what you are passionate about. What makes your heart race, your mind expand and your face light up? When you talk about something you care about intensely, your family and friends will take note. Your face changes, as does your posture, your whole body, all of your leaning into talking about what moves you the most.

What subjects would your closest friends identify as something that moves you? Look deep inside, ask yourself some questions about what is most important to you and envision yourself doing something in that area.

For instance, if you have a burning desire to help people heal physically or emotionally, your options are nearly unlimited in careers or avocations. If you love research and science, there are places where you can fit in with like-minded people.

Two questions spring to mind immediately: what if I can’t identify a burning desire for anything in particular or what if what I want to do doesn’t pay or is limited in some other way? The first question I can answer for you in this vein: you have a deep desire to do something, but you might be denying that. If you love music but believe you lack enough talent to be a performer, you might bury your desire to have a career with music in a place that never bubbles up to the surface. It is true that your employment options might not be as numerous as some other careers. Yet, you must look beyond performance to other venues.

In other words, what can you do in the field other than being on stage as a performer? Or even being on stage without being at the front? Explore everything. Investigate everything. But begin by believing your deepest dreams can come true.

You might also explore how to engage with your passion as an avocation. We don’t require monetary reward for everything we do in life! You might love to cook, but you don’t have to become a professional chef to give joy and great food to other people! There are millions of people who love to treat family and friends to scrumptious meals who would never consider a career in the culinary arts.

Give yourself time to think about this and we will cover the second question next time. In the meantime, give yourself the gift of expanding imagination!

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