4 Things to Help Develop a Vision for You Life

By Derwin Gray

Do you have a vision for your life?

Life is way too short and you are way too important to God and the plans He has for your life for you to not have a vision for your life.

Ever been to a cemetery? Buried in the ground are not only people, but also the “visions that could have been”.

If you don’t have a vision for your life, you will take to your grave a lot of what “could have been”!

Here are 4 things I’ve done to help develop a vision for my life:

1. Know yourself.

  • If you’re 5’3” and 112 lbs. and 20 years old, you won’t play middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Ever!
  • Who are you? What are your passions and do your passions align with your strengths?

2. Develop your strengths that align with your passions so you can carry out your vision.

  • Once you discover your strengths– and this takes some time–develop them, hone them, and become an expert in them! This will take about 10,000 hours. Becoming an expert isn’t an overnight deal; it takes years of grinding. Are you willing to grind?

3. Learn from people who are doing what you want to do.

  • Learn from successful people who are doing what you want to do. You do this, not to become a carbon copy of them, but to see how they do what they do, and incorporate it into your unique God-given “you-ness.”

4. And, finally, if your vision only makes your life better, it’s way too small and self-centered. And that sucks!

  • Have a life vision that when you die, not just your family cries, but people you didn’t even know cry, because their life was better as a result of God working through your life. 

Source: Just Marinating

Derwin Gray

Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community that loves God completely (Upward), ourselves correctly (Inward), and our neighbors compassionately (Outward) in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine.

Gray met his wife, Vicki, at BYU and has been married for 19 years. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (Summerside Press, 2009) and is a highly sought-after communicator. He’s also recognized by many as the Evangelism Linebacker. He’s had the honor of teaching in a variety of settings including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association events, the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Exponential Conference, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, Greg Stier’s Dare 2 Share Ministries, Tommy Nelson Song of Solomon For Students Conferences and at universities and conferences around the country.