"Do you see what I see?"
Faith is defined not by what is seen, but by your confidence that what is unseen will be. Your calling or purpose may not look like your present state. Right now you may be a determined young person who was cut from a basketball team, or maybe you are a 22-year-old college graduate who didn't get into the graduate school program you planned on attending.
Perhaps you are an adult who is praying for a better financial situation--and your life isn't going as planned. In either case, you are not the sum total of what your current situation looks like. It really doesn't matter what it looks like.
The real question is: What are you willing to do to become who you are meant to be? Can you look in the mirror and see what God sees? Can you view your life through the lens of faith?
Can you have confidence in what you hope for while ignoring what you see? Can you depend on God's vision as evidence of what is meant to happen?
Make time this week to write out your design of what you want your life to look like.
To begin this design, close your eyes and answer these questions:
1. Where do I want to live? (house, apartment, city, suburb, beach front, country)
2. Do I want to be a laborer or a thinker? (work hard through physical labor or be compensated for your ideas and leadership ability)
3. How do I want to spend my time away from work?
4. How will I measure success?
5. What type of people (or who specifically) will be in my inner circle?
In order to accomplish this, think through "head, heart, and legs" for each item.
Head - What will I need to feed my mind in order to accomplish these tasks?
Heart - How will I build up resilience to be able to maintain emotional strength?
Legs - What habits will I need to form in order to accomplish these tasks?
God, guide my thoughts, feelings, and actions towards becoming the person you see when you look at me. Help my faith to sketch my path, and your law to stitch together my actions, that the life I lead may be pleasing to you... In Jesus' name, amen.