What vision do you have for your life this year? Do you want to make a difference in your community, at work, or in the larger society? Do you want to impact the world?
Even though January is almost over, it is not too late to take time to decide the direction you want your life to take this year and how you plan to get there.
What do you see yourself accomplishing this year? Where do you want to be at the end of the next 12 months?
There is a song whose lyrics are:
See yourself in the future
You are royalty
It goes on to say:
You are an heir
Embrace your legacy
You have special gifts to bring to the world. Embrace your gifts. See yourself in the future using your gifts. It is never too late to do what you were born to do.
Now is a great time to set the vision for your life. Set aside time each day until your vision for the year is crystal clear. Or take a weekend to decide what you want to achieve in each area of your life.
I spent the first two weeks of this year deciding what I wanted the end of this year to look like for me. I saw the end before I went back to decide how to get there. You can do the same.
My goals are not only set on paper. Most importantly, they are set in my heart. I know what I have to do every day when I get up. Whether I do it or not is another story. But I know what it will take to get to where I want to go.
You may say, “I don’t need a vision. I am retired. I have lived out my vision for my life.”
Without a vision, you might sit around and be lonely. With a vision for your retirement years, you can decide to go out and explore the world. Explore your city, your state, a foreign country. Meet new people. Volunteer. Do you have a skill you can teach others? With a vision, your life is full.
You may say, “I don’t need a vision. I have children to raise. I don’t have time for a vision for my life. I’m too tired.”
Set your vision to be a great mother, to raise kind, respectful, and compassionate children. Without a vision, one day you might throw your hands up and let your children go their own way. Besides, they have a mind of their own. With a vision, you can always pick up where you left off if you get tired.
Job – Too Busy
You might say, “I am busy carrying out my company’s vision. I don’t have time for my own vision.”
Do you want to be in your job forever? Do you have a special dream tucked away in your heart? If you long to do something else but can’t quit your job, take time each day to do something toward your greater dream. Even small steps add up. At the end of the year you will be surprised at how much progress you have made towards your dream.
If you are working at your dream company, do you want to move up? Is there a dream job there that you want? Then find out what it will take for you to get there and start the process.
Cast Your Vision
Don’t wander through life without a compass. Know where you want to go and plan how to get there.
We have all heard the saying,
“Man Plans, and God Laughs.”
Of course, life will throw you curveballs. If you take a break, get right back up as soon as possible and let your vision guide you onward until you accomplish what you set out to do.
Have you faced disappointment pursuing something that you feel called to do? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of people receive rejections every day. The key question is: What are you going to do about turning your rejections into acceptances?
Seeing thousands of people pursuing the same goal as you is daunting. Even seeing hundreds going after the same small piece of the pie is enough to make you turn around and run. And seeing people who you think are less qualified than you achieve their goals can be downright depressing.
But don’t give up!
Even when you see colleagues getting their dream positions, don’t give up.
Take an assessment of yourself, if you must. What are you lacking in education, in style, in appearance? Are you confident? When people first meet you, what is their opinion of you?
Women have it harder than men on all fronts. A man up for the same position can charm his way into the position, even though his credentials are not up to par. A woman will be judged by how she looks; her weight, her hair color, her posture, etc., even though she exceeds required educational qualifications, knows her stuff, and has stellar recommendations. A man with lesser qualifications can come in with his suit rumpled, disheveled hair , and get the contract. His unkempt appearance will be dismissed because he is perceived to be a scholar and a genius. Brilliant and gifted are other words that come to mind, whereas a woman not looking her best and even more brilliant and gifted will be perceived as careless, uncaring and not qualified.
Next time you are up for an important position, seek out a person you trust. Ask them to help you. Go over possible interview questions. Ask for tips about your appearance. Brush up on the skill of small talk. Make sure you are feeling at the top of your game on the day of the interview. Leave no stone unturned.
Never give up! Hold fast to your dream!
Many times positions in ministry have a lot to do with politics. Shore up your political game. Do not think you are above playing the political game. Find a mentor. Go to conventions, regional meetings, speak at conferences, write articles. In other words, get known!
Your dream is closer than you think! With a little tweaking, the dream you are dreaming is possible.
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Fresh out of seminary, Grace returns to her hometown anxious to try out the new forms of ministry she has learned. But welcome arms are not out to greet her. She navigates the terrain, steps in potholes, hits curves, and battles diabolical forces.
Thomas Haliburton, leader of the Ministerial Alliance, is not ready for the new pastor in town. He vows to do everything in his power to thwart Grace’s efforts.
Enter Clyde Williams, who is engaged to Haliburton’s daughter. Clyde doesn’t believe women should be ministers, and certainly not pastors, until he meets Grace.
A major scandal involving Grace threatens to tear apart the town. Now Clyde has to decide whose side he is on.
Woman In The Pulpit is truly global. Readers in Canada are saying great things about the book. I hope you’ll check it out and share it with your friends.
Don’t ever doubt! Have an unshakeable faith….even when others doubt you!
Peel away the covering and you will see bruises and scares where you have taken hits. You can withstand anything with faith as your core source of strength.