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Think about someone you know whose life you don’t want to emulate.
What was it about their situation that turned you off?
Is the opposite of that something that you do want to cultivate?

Mark 10:46-52 (KJV)


46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.


A. know what you want.
B. Who do you want to be?
C. How would you like to be remembered?


2. What do you value?

The best way to go into a decision-making process is to arm yourself with information.


It’s a rare person indeed who can sit down in front of a blank sheet of paper and plot out his or her life. Tools like these give you exercises designed to help you think things through. Self-discovery is a process. It takes time but the result is valuable information that you can’t find anywhere else.


START WITH WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU


Philippians 1:6-8 (KJV)

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: There’s a temptation to want to sample everything before choosing but that’s a time-consuming approach.
The world is full of options but there are likely a few that you can cross off the list right away. For me, I know I don’t want to be a professional skydiver or A Mountain Climber


GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO DREAM.


“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”


~ 1 Chronicles 4:10
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.


~ 2 Chronicles 15:7
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.


~ Psalm 20:4

Take an hour or an afternoon, go somewhere where you can hear yourself think and just dream. Imagine the world that you know that is perfect for you


WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO YOU?


The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point—ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like “What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future?” But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life’s purpose. The Bible says, “It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power” (Job 12:10).


To find your purpose, you must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.