How Do I See with God’s Eyes?
Guest Post by Joel Boggess
It was easy to see that she had a strong work ethic. Carolyn was diligent, punctual and could be counted on, come rain or shine.
And, as respectable as her time-clock record showed her to be, even the highlight of a good sales month would quickly fade into the background, since it didn’t advance her emotional health or warm her heart, as much as it boosted her company’s bottom line.
She needed something that would nurture her soul as well as her pocketbook; something that would help her make a difference, in a way that made a difference to her, as well.
Fundamentally, I’m sure she had known that for quite some time, but had, at some level, given up, because she didn’t know where to look or how to find it.
Around the third time we met, the conversation shifted from training and skill-sets to how do you see yourself contributing, growing and doing work that matters.
In essence, I was asking her for pieces of her vision.
I say pieces because, in my experience, that’s how God reveals things: in pieces.
His revelations don’t come as a full-length, Avatar-like presentation; (although that’s what a lot of people trick themselves into believing).
They come as sneak peeks, highlights and previews of coming attractions.
It is then up to the individual to step-into the wonderful, developing story.
Now, back to Carolyn. After giving herself the opportunity and the space to articulate her vision on paper, (in her case poster board) not only did she learn to lean into and embrace the glimpses of her upcoming feature presentation, she also learned how to harness the energy that came from her newly found blockbuster direction.
Take a look at the vision board Carolyn designed, www.findingyourvoiceradio.com/visionboard (her’s is on the bottom right). You’ll have no trouble understanding what it is that lights her fire.
By the way, just in case you think you need to be a kid to participate in this, Carolyn, a 55 year-old grandmother is now reinventing herself, her business, and her contribution.
Ready to see from a Heavenly perspective? Follow these ideas and create a vision board.
Imagine your life in five year’s time. What would it look like?
Here are some thought-starters:
Where would you travel?
Where would you live and in what kind of house?
What kind of work or business would you be involved in?
How could you serve and add value to others?
How would you look and feel physically and emotionally?
What would your strongest values be?
As pictures, words, and phrases flood your mind, don’t edit your thoughts or grade your imagination: work with what you see. Think of how you can represent what’s in your mind’s eye visually. Is it a word? Could it be a picture? Is it a color? However it appears to you, use it.
Include shapes, designs, and symbols that are important to you as it relates to:
Serving and helping others
Your values and guiding principles
Your spiritual understanding and growth
Other than the suggestions I’ve shared, I don’t like to lay down a lot of rules or boundaries for this activity because this is about play, exploration, and discovery; creating a picture that moves, inspires, and motivates you.
Here are a few household supplies that can help you get started:
A piece of poster board (even the top of a pizza box will work as long as it’s clean!)
A little imagination
My wife likes to print pictures off Google. Of course that’s fine also. The key is to just get started!
Share your vision board by July 10. We’ll randomly select five to work with and develop. firstname.lastname@example.org