One of the exercises that has helped me tremendously is casting my vision – getting an idea of where I want to be, what I want to be doing and how I want to live. The first time I tried it, the vision was foggy. It was vague and, although I was the only one there, writing in my notebook, I must admit I was a little bit afraid. But I kept at it. I continued to pray and ask God to help me visualize my future as I wanted it to truly be. I had to get very honest with myself about what (and who) would be important enough for me to have in my future. How would I impact people’s lives? Where would I live? Would I manage to live out my purpose?
After several attempts, I nailed it! I really thought about what I want and how it connects with the gifts God has already placed in me. I thought about the things, ideas and dreams from my childhood that, although ignored for many years, always manage to come back to me. I put aside what I thought others might think of me or my vision. I got real.
I look at it every couple days now. I want to keep it in front of me. I don’t want to look up 5 years from now and stumble upon my old notebook, flip through the pages, and realize that more time has passed by without me working towards that beautiful vision I put on paper.
Take some time this week and sit down to write your vision. You may have to try more than once (you’ll probably have to do it more than once). But be real and forget about everyone else’s opinion. A God-given vision does not require anyone else’s approval. Be intentional. A vision needs intention and purpose behind it. Be consistent. Your vision is worth it.