Our purpose in this world is to serve God. He gave us all different gifts and talents and I believe in my heart it is our responsibility to use these gifts and talents to serve Him. The difficulty in this is remembering 24/7 that we are here to serve. In us fights a desperate need for accomplishment and personal purpose. This need is so strong that sometimes it blinds us to the fact that we already have a purpose. I think we can manifest this need for purpose on two different paths. In the world’s vocabulary we would call both paths our vision. Christian business owners usually have a business vision. The difference in the two paths is that one is a vision God has given us and the other is a vision we have created ourselves.
How do we know the difference?
I think on paper both visions can look the same. I believe that God can use a Christian business coaching practice. I also believe that I can desire to use my gifts in the practice of Christian business coaching.
A vision on paper is a picture, possibly an end result.
A God vision is alive and developing as we live it.
On the outside they can look the same, but in practice they become very different. God’s vision will always somehow further His cause which is to glorify Himself.
I decided to become a Christian business coach and counselor when I finished my second graduate degree. As I execute my vision for creating a Christian coaching business the two paths lay in front of me each day. I know it is God’s vision when:
An idea or passion comes to you that won’t go away and that you feel drawn to…it’s personal…you feel called to it…not that it is just something that needs to be done. It is something that YOU need to do.
I feel connected to God and seek Him for advice and guidance each step in executing the vision rather than check my faith at the door and segregate my business life from my God walk.
Doors open and opportunities present themselves rather than a person fighting to make it all happen in their own strength.
My gifts are used in ways I never trained for or contemplated…
Circumstances defy your training and logic; I can see God’s hand at work
He makes himself known to me in the execution of the day to day
He brings me clients that I would not have chosen or targeted and my work is just what they needed. And I soon feel Christian love for people that I wouldn’t have encountered on my own.
I have patience in situations I normally wouldn’t because I see God’s plan in it all.
Obviously this is a general list for me and I am sure that there are as many variations, as there are visions, in seeing God’s path versus the world’s path. How do you know your vision is a vision from God? Please share your experience with us!