“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15–16, AMP
Life goals are how I talk about vision. Making life goals are my prayerful picture of what the future will look like. Underline the word prayerful. Ask God to direct your thoughts. To set goals without praying is presumptuous. I’m not a mystic, but the peace of God rules my heart and mind! If His peace is missing, that is a huge red flag to me.
Dreaming big dreams is fun for me. It makes me happy to walk and talk through the dreams that people share with me. We talk about how it feels to live their dream, where they are when they are living their dream, who they are with when they are living their dream, and what they are doing in their dream. Sometimes we have laughed and laughed.
After looking carefully at the dream, we consider how they are going to walk the path it takes to achieve the dream. What are the next steps on the path to the dream. You don’t need the whole map yet? Just know where you want to go in life.
- Who do you want to walk that path with?
- What do you need to start, just start. I have started so many times with just a thought and prayer. Use the little God has given you and He will provide what you need as you walk the path towards your dream.
- When will you start walking to the dream?
- Where will you start walking to the dream?
- How will you walk to the dream?
A purposeful and worthy life takes into account the people they are responsible to. For me that is the Lord Jesus Christ, my family, my friends, my church family, and my community. My life goals need their buy in. As a leader it is my responsibility to lead with a vision, considerate of the needs of the people I am responsible to. After all my life goals include them.
I have received so much from the Lord, it would be sinful to bury that. I’ve risked a lot through the years. There have been huge risks but the reward has been incalculable.
Your life is like a diamond in the rough. As you define the roles you live you cut and polish facets into the diamond of your life. For me I dream about faith, family, and friends. My five roles are personal, partner (my wife), parent (our four children and grandsons), pastor, and pilgrim.
Look carefully at your life, watch it sparkle and gleam in your dreams. Your personal life is important. If you take care of yourself you can take care of your family. If you spoil yourself you will lose your family. If you are disciplined with your personal life; life will be good to you.
Dreaming is good for you. You can dream big, bold, beautiful dreams that excite you. Dream about your relationship with Christ. Go ahead dream about the marriage you want. Dream about the job you want. Dream about being in the best physical shape you have ever been in. Whatever, it is, it is your dream.
Now pick up a pencil and paper and begin to write that dream in a notebook. It’s your notebook. You don’t have to show it to anyone else yet. Use a pencil so you can edit after you finish writing. Whatever you do, do not edit while your writing. Just let your thoughts flow to your fingertips and write. I encourage you write rather than type or use a computer. You will slow down and think better. Really!
Please don’t say to yourself, I can’t dream, or I can’t write. What you don’t realize is you are dreaming, only dreaming negatively without any faith in God who created and gave you this wonderful life to live out to His glory.