Have you ever created a vision board, attended a vision board party or had discussions regarding what they are?
A vision board is a visual depiction of your written goals and aspiration. It allows you to visually depict what you desire to obtain. The purpose of your vision board is to bring everything on it to life.
I want to challenge you today to create a life board. What is a life board?
So often we go through tragedies and obstacles presented to us in life without understanding the true purpose and intent behind them. Let me explain it this way:
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
Our Father told us that everything we go through, whether it was an intentional life training to grow us into our purpose or a result of us being hard-headed, all of it will somehow work out for our benefit anyway. How will we know the benefits and prepare for the future if we do not become an analyst of our own lives? A lot of our issues and how we respond to hurt stem from the impacts of something detrimental in our lives. For example. I performed this activity on myself. My mom and dad married and then separated when I was 4 years old. She never spoke bad of him and always tried to keep us connected throughout the years. She allowed me to form my own truths about the situation as I grew and became an adult, based upon his actions towards me. Turns out that event in my life caused me to carry a “what did I do” attitude throughout my life….
- Could I have done something different?
- Did I say anything?
- Did I do anything?
- Why me?
Anytime someone disconnected from me, I questioned if I did something, not considering the hurt they caused me. Or I was always extra cautious to not offend those I felt connected with so they would not leave me as my dad did. This made me become a people pleaser, placing others before myself which is a destructive attitude.
I then took inventory of every life event that was detrimental and studied my behavior, the life lesson, what purpose may have been behind it or if it was God-sent or self imposed. It allowed me to see what my purpose is, how my passion aligns with my purpose, what my growth opportunities are, what were repeated cycles that I needed to stop, what good came out of the situation and my strengths.
I challenge you to do the same:
- Write down every event in your life that had a negative impact.
- Determine what “worked together for my good” from the tragedy?
- What is a repeated theme – a cycle that I need to break out and breakthrough so that I may live life to the fullness that God has planned for my life?
- What area in business or ministry does this speak to and does this align with my purpose?
- What is a peace destroyer and a joy killer?
Once you realize the connections get a poster board and draw images of cycles you are breaking and the good you will see produced in your life. Consider these questions as well:
- What themes do you see?
- Can you see God’s plans and hope for your future?
God has a plan for our lives. From the beginning of the world, up through now, God has always strategically and methodically planned out everything. We were not just sent here to figure it out without any purpose. It’s time that we pay attention to our lives and become intentional in living so that we align our plan with His.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV