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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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