I believe I am supposed to do something significant with my life so when I saw this weeks sermon FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT on LifeChurch.tv it hit home and within 5 minutes of viewing it, I had tears in my eyes.
A lot of my blogs over the last year have tied sermons I have heard to my own life and written about them. So it is important for me to give credit to Lifechurch for the content it provided for me to create this blog.
Where there is no vision, the people perish … Proverbs 29:18 KJV
1. You need a clear and compelling vision
I have had a lot of different visions in my life and admittedly I got pretty excited about nearly every single one of them. I could be sitting around talking to friends and an idea pops in my head that seems like such a magical idea that I must drop everything I am doing and get to work on it.
Months later or even a few days later that idea fizzles out and is prompts forgotten about. Although those moments of inspiration feels like a vision it is really just an idea. An idea I must explore however it really just feels like a distraction when it is over.
I get wild ideas all the time and I think creative people have these moments as frequently as I do but it is not the vision I am speaking about that is so important. My wild ideas leading to nowhere unless there is something deep and personal inside me that locks onto these ideas. The visions I speak of are the visions I have had since I was a little boy that did not make sense at the time and frankly were not clear until recently.
I learned as I got older that my vision became much clearer the longer I walked with God. The moments I envisioned as a kid, as a teenager and into my early adult years were constant but very cloudy. I do not believe this is a coincidence because during those early years I was filled with rage, hurt and denying God to have control over my life.
When I gave my life to Christ, my vision became tied to my purpose and the message was very clear.
2. You need people who will invest in and believe in you.
I cannot begin to type this section without tears rolling down my face because I immediately think of my mother. My mom is the first person who pushed me to go after anything and everything in life I wanted. She was the first person to believe in me, the real me and not the person I wanted everyone to think I was.
There have been many others I have met along the way that have believed in me and took the time to help me. When I moved to California, after God’s prompting, I met several people who I am beyond grateful to because of the time they spent with me to “coach me up”, encourage me and invested their own time to help guide me the right direction. First in Los Angeles, then Orange County and even now in San Diego. Without my mother and without these individuals I would not be here today. I cannot imagine my life without them because the last 3 years of my life has been very complicated and their support and wisdom is what helped push me forward.
3. You need a willingness to fail.
Remember when I said the last 3 years of my life has been complicated? In those complications, there has been dramatic failure after failure and massive disappointment after disappointment.
I write about a lot of them on my blog so I will not repeat the full list of my failures here. What I will say is each and every one of my failures hurt and they led to something far greater than I could have ever imagined. I am not meaning to say that as soon as I failed I was rescued with a victory. In fact, it was quite the opposite. My failures never turned to a success in the way I desired but the failures did have a purpose.
Several of the failures I experienced taught me painful lessons and also ended up saving me from situations I did not really need to be in because it distracted from my purpose. Making movies, doing oil deals, producing concerts and so on were all things that would have taken me away from God’s purpose for my life. It distracted me from my vision!
Making millions of dollars every month for the next 5 years sure would be awesome but I know, and God knows what that would have shifted in my life and taking it further away from what He called me to do.
Be willing to fail. In failure, you do not know who you will meet or what you will learn that will strengthen and sharpen your vision.
4. You need an unyielding commitment to the vision.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. Proverbs 13:4 NLT
You cannot use prayer to replace laziness.
To do something significant you have to work hard and be willing to sacrifice things you may want at the time to be able to get what it is you really want. There are days I do not want to read my Bible or read devotionals. There are times I do not want to watch personal development videos or even write my blogs. There are times I do not feel like being outgoing and going to networking events.
There are times I just want to lay on the beach and believe having good thoughts will manifest my hopes and dreams. Guess what? If I do not do the work, If I do not make the heartfelt efforts to better myself every day then I will NEVER achieve my purpose. It will not happen and I should not expect it to.
Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards. Proverbs 12:14 NLT
How many of you have met someone who talks all day and every day about how they are going to do big things but they are staying out partying until 2 am, sleeping late and always offering excuses? I can give hundreds of examples of “talking a good game” but never committing to do the work. Hard work can suck but it does pay off. The only way you can achieve your vision is to work for it.
5. You need faith to take risks.
… without faith, it is impossible to please God … Hebrews 11:6
In the end, it all comes down to faith. You will want to quit at some point in your journey because all hope will seem lost. There will be moments in your life that you will cry out to God that you cannot take anymore and you will seriously consider quitting.
Your back is against the wall and you are all out of hope. You are scared because YOU do not see an end to this moment. Choose FAITH over FEAR. The bigger goal or vision you have, the more failure and the more disappointment you will experience on the way to your success (if you do not quit). Do not quit. It is usually when things feel the most hopeless that God shows just how amazing He is if you have faith. He loves it when you have faith in Him and know He has your back.
Give your worries to him and then get to work. You a vision to make true.