Your 2020 Vision

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This episode discusses reflecting on the past and preparing for the future in 2020 to help you have your best year yet.

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On this episode, we’re talking about your vision for 2020

You’re listening to Your Faith At Work with Dr. Ryan S. Howard, a podcast to inspire and equip you to partner with God in your daily work. Visit your YourFaithAtWork.org to learn more and download your free copy of 21 Days to a New Workplace You.

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Proverbs 29 18 says, “where there is no vision, the people perish. That certainly highlights the importance of having a vision.

I want to encourage you, as we come to the end of this year and coming to a new year, it is a great time to take some time and reflect on what’s past and look forward to what’s coming next.

Reflecting on the Last Year

If we want to develop our vision, that reflection on the past is important and I want to encourage you to take some time to just think through how did the last year ago? Did you have the kind of relationships that you wanted to have? Were you the kind of person you wanted to be? Did you accomplish what you wanted to in your work? Or maybe outside of your work? Did you spend the time alone with God? Did you spend time in His word? Did you volunteer the way you wanted to? All of these sorts of things.

Just thinking through, not to be overwhelming but to just think, how did it go? Take time to think about it and let God speak to you and highlight to you what you want to adjust for next year or what went really well and you want to continue for next year.

Desires for Next Year

So as you take time to think about the last year, you can start to develop what do you want the next year to look like and what kind of goals that you want to have. What you want to accomplish in the next year and the type of person you want to be. Maybe relationships, like I mentioned these things before.

Is there anything you want to adjust going into next year?

Two Keys to Success in 2020

Now there’s a couple things I want to really encourage you to highlight that I think are very important for you to have a successful year. And they’re important for me to have success for years, for all of us.

First is to be intentional with your time. That’s something that God’s really been highlighting to me. We’ve got time to do everything that God wants us to do and we’ve got the resources to do everything that God wants us to do. We’ve got the gifting, the talents, the abilities, the connections, everything.

The second is to focus on your relationship with Jesus. Everything we do with your faith at work, everything we do in life is based on a foundation of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

The way we can do that is to really carve out time to be alone with him and whether we’re taking time to think, reading the Bible, reading books, watching messages, journaling, worshiping, fellowship with other believers, your family, your spouse, these sorts of things.

And as you spend time to hear God’s voice and spend time alone with Him, His voice will become more familiar to you and you will be able to live closer to Him throughout the next year and it, and it can be the best year yet.

Best Year Yet

Let’s make this year the year where you are more close to Christ than you’ve ever been before and more intentional about your time and your work. And everything you’re doing with Him and partnering with God in your work and everything that you’re doing.

If people don’t keep the vision in front of them, they often just return to their past and the old habits. And I want to encourage you, if you have a setback, just treat it like a distraction and get back to your vision and just get right back on track right. Back after it and developing the new habits and the new things that you want to do.

Take the Time to Reflect

So take some time to reflect and what you want to accomplish in the next year and what your vision is going to be and keep that in front of you. And we can have the best year yet.

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Does Everyone Have a Calling?

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This episode discusses how to have confidence that you are doing what God has called you to do.

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On this episode, we’re talking about God’s divine calling on your life.

You’re listening to Your Faith At Work with Dr. Ryan S. Howard, a podcast to inspire and equip you to partner with God in your daily work. Visit your YourFaithAtWork.org to learn more and download your free copy of 21 Days to a New Workplace You.

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Well, we all want to have confidence that we are doing the work that God wants us to be doing. That we we are working on and doing the activities and what God wants us to be working on. And I want to talk a little bit about that today and just out of the gate, ultimately that’s between you and the Lord. That’s something for you to work out.

But I want to talk about a few things that can help you grow in your confidence that you are doing what God has called you to do. Now, what comes to mind when you hear that? The idea of a calling, maybe a pastor or a missionary? Are those the only types of callings there are? Well, when we look at the Bible, we see there is many other kinds of callings.

What is a Calling?

So let’s first just what’s the definition of a calling?

Well, it’s God’s summoning of a person to Himself so that they will belong to Him and serve Him in this world. That’s pretty simple. Well, we all can serve God.

This calling of a believer can involve a specific place, a task, or a specific vocation in life. Now, 1 Corinthians 7:17 says, “only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him and to which God has called him.”

Did you hear that? Each person. The Lord has assigned. God has called. That’s everybody. That includes you. And what does that mean? It means it’s a divine call. So you have a divine call on your life.

Types of Callings

Now we are all called as primary calling is to relationship with Jesus Christ. And when we’re indwelled with the Holy Spirit, we have these secondary callings. Could be, like I said, an activity, task or a place that we need to go that God has appointed for us to pursue.

We have extreme ones like Noah building the Ark or Moses leading the Israelites, or Esther being called to be a queen and risk her life to save her people.

But we also have more simple ones like in 2 Kings 5 where the young Israel girl gives advice that leads to the healing of Naaman’s leprosy. Or 1 Kings 17 the widow of Zarephath that cooked a simple meal for the prophet Elijah, and it ended up leading to a miracle that saved her and her family.

Occupation as a Calling

Well, we all can have a vocation. It’s a primary occupation. So, something you’re doing now, you have been called to do that now. It may not be your only calling. It may not be where you’re going to stay.

You know, Joseph had many different callings in his life. He was a household steward. He ran a prison while he was in the prison, and then he became second over the land of Egypt in governing the land.

Well, God called him to these things and he served God right where he was, and he did his best work and he worked and partnered together with God.

Your Calling Today

So have you thought about what you’re involved in today as a calling? Well, God has certainly summoned you to work together with Him and to be in service to Him in this world and we can do that every day.

But we want to make sure we’re seeing ourselves as being called by God and then we can take it seriously and we know that our work and whatever we’re doing is not about us. It’s about God and what He wants to accomplish. And He certainly wants to be together with us in that.

So if we can stay close to the Lord in fellowship and follow His direction, we can have confidence that we are doing what He wants us to be doing.

God Has Called You

So whether you love what you’re doing or you’re on your way to something that you love doing, take some time this week to think about how God has called you, how God has summoned you to serve Him wherever you are.

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