Last weekend at Life Church I began a new series called 2020 VISION. The first message was about creating a personal vision for your life. It was titled, “Do you Know Where You’re Going in 2020?” I talked about the 6 things required to create a clear vision or picture of the future for our lives.
I encourage you to use the following questions to help you begin to discover God’s vision for what he wants you to do and be this year as you spend time in prayer this week. In part two of the series this weekend we will once again be looking at the life of Nehemiah as we talk about creating a plan of action to move forward with the vision God has given you.
Step #1 – Identify What’s Most Important to You
Write down 3-5 non-negotiable Core values or beliefs that you hold. How important is it to you to make sure God is the center of your life? How important is having a healthy marriage and family? How much do you value spiritual growth? How important is it to you that you’re a good steward of the finances God gives you? How important is being healthy to you?
Why is this exercise important? Because what you value will determine what you’re willing to do and the direction that your life will take.
Step #2 – Identify What’s Most Important to God
The only way to know what God wants is to study the Bible. The Bible gives us direction about what our vision should be when it comes to marriage, family, career, finances, health, and our spiritual development.
As you seek God’s vision for 2020 for your marriage, family, career, finances, health, and spiritual life, read the Bible to determine what God’s priority and plan is for each of those areas.
Remember the goal is not to create your own vision apart from God for those areas, but to partner with God to discover his vision for those areas in your life.
Step – #3 Pray
Prayer is critical to developing vision for your life. As you pray God will reveal things to you that you would have never seen in the natural.
Take time to listen to what God wants to tell you!
Step #4 – Seek Wise Counsel
As you walk through the process of developing God’s vision for your life…think about who you can share your vision with that can help you.
Step #5 – Make A Plan
In Habakkuk 2:2 God tells Habakkuk, “Write the vision, make it plain on tablets.” Every vision has to have a clear plan or strategy to accomplish it. We will talk in depth about how to make a plan to execute your vision this weekend.
Step – #6 Your Vision Must Be God and Others Centered
As you are creating vision for each area of your life ask yourself, “Is my vision selfish?” Selfish visions do not satisfy, they leave us empty and unfulfilled when we achieve them.
List ways that the vision you are developing will further the Kingdom of God and also be a blessing to the people and community around you.
2020 VISION EXERCISES
Use the following steps to help you create a plan to carry out the vision that God is giving you for your life.
Step #1: Assess Your Situation
To get where you want to go, you must first know where you’re at! Here are a few questions you can use to assess where you’re at…
- If I had to sum up the last year in this area in 5 words, what would they be?
- On a scale of 1-10 how would I rate how I did in this area last year?
- What are 2 lessons that I learned from last year?
- What did I do well in this area last year?
- What went wrong in this area last year?
- What is the biggest challenge I’m facing in this area?
- What do I need to do to improve this area?
Step #2: Define What It Is You Want to Accomplish with God (Vision)
See above questions for discovering God’s vision for your life.
Step #3: Determine Your Level of Desire
Ask yourself on a scale of 1-10 what your level of desire is to see your vision accomplished? If it’s 5 or below it won’t happen. If it’s 7 or below it might happen. Be honest if there’s no desire, there won’t be any fruit.
Step #4: Create a Plan (Strategy)
Question #1: What do you want to do?
This question refers to the vision you and God have come up with for 2020.
Question #2: Why do you want to do it?
Your Why is the reason or purpose for which you’re doing something that we talked about last week. Your Why fuels your desire.
Question #3: How will you do it?
Take the vision you want to accomplish and work backwards to figure out the steps you need to take to get there. The goal is to create the steps (pathway) for how you’re going to get the job done.
Question #4: When will you do it?
When will you do what you’re planning to do?
Question #5: Where will you do it?
Where will you do what you’ve planned to do?
Question #6: Who will you ask to help you do it?
Who do you need to ask to help you in each area of your life that you are creating vision for?
Who will you ask to make you accountable in order to make sure you are doing the work necessary to accomplish your 2020 Vision?