Last week we looked at getting your relationship with God in a good place because that is the most important part for a growing leader. This week I want to talk about you again…isn’t this great? We all love to talk about ourselves – so let’s talk about you.
If I were to ask you the following questions, what would you say?
- What are fix or six guiding principles and boundaries in your life?
- What words capture the heart, spirit, and essence of your life?
- What do you ultimately want to accomplish in your lifetime?
- If you were given 10 million dollars, what in your wildest imagination would you want to accomplish for God?
- What would you say are your points of greatness, uniqueness, and strength?
Those aren’t really light questions are they? They take some deep thought – they deal with who you are and who you want to be. The question I didn’t ask, but sums up all of the others in a single thought is this: What do you want said about you at your funeral? This can almost be cliche if it’s done in a wrong manner – but what do you want to be able to look back on when you get to the end of your life?
Life isn’t always about the major accomplishments – often it’s about the series of small goals you’ve reached along the way. Especially if those goals come from God and who he has created you to be. A growing leader has a clearly defined vision. Now, please understand I’m not saying you have to plan out each step and every action from now until you die – but you should think about who God has created you to be and how you can fulfill that call.
A personal vision should have five characteristics:
- It should be clear. It may not start that way, but over time clarity should come through experience and prayer.
- It should be challenging. Your vision should be big enough that it makes you get off the sidelines and so something.
- It should paint a picture of your future life and ministry. Create a “snapshot” of your direction and put it in your back pocket – take it out periodically and look at it.
- It’s about you. A personal vision should be about all your life and ministry can become.
- It’s about what “must” be. Ever have those times when you feel life ‘If I don’t do this – I’m going to burst!” ? If you can pinpoint those times and tie them into the current activity of God in your life – you’re heading in the right direction for finding your personal vision.
Over time your personal vision will grow and change – there are seasons in life when God gives us different assignments. That’s what we continually evaluate or position in God’s vision. When we can find that place and put words to the vision we can find ourselves propelled forward – because all the things that are not important to the vision can be set aside. A growing leader learns who God has called them to be and focuses on fulfilling that call. So – what do you feel the Holy Spirit stirring up in you?