Envision the future. Ask God to give you a vision for what He wants your life to become. Know that if it’s God’s vision, it’s worth pursuing. Remember that vision: enables you to focus on what is not yet as if it were already present, gives you an image of the future that frees you from the distracting and competing demands of life, and helps you focus on an achievable end that is fulfilled in service to others. Let your vision motivate you to take redemptive action in the world, and sustain you as you work to serve others. Make sure your vision is big enough to require God for it to be fulfilled, and big enough to inspire others to join you.

Discover your purpose. Recognize that you’re not here by accident; you’re here because you have something that the world needs. Pray for God to help you understand His purpose for your life. Discover your interests, natural talents, and spiritual gifts and consider how they point you toward God’s purpose for your life.

Define your mission. Think and pray about your mission – what specific actions you should take to live out your purpose in the world. Once you figure out your mission, accept it by taking action. Remember that what God calls you to do, He equips you to accomplish. Be sure to rely on God’s power working through you rather than just your own efforts. Let your experiences help confirm and develop your mission.

Release your gifts and talents. Use the spiritual gifts and natural talents that God has given you to contribute to the world in all the ways He leads you to do so. Accept the unique person God created you to be rather than comparing yourself to others. Become the best you can be, so you can give the best you can give to make the world a better place.

Get your priorities straight. Make your first priority nurturing a close, dynamic relationship with God by spending time with Him above all else every day. Next, learn how to love yourself by seeing yourself as God sees you, and love other people by living in significant relationships with them. Finally, make a commitment to the world around you by serving in the ways God calls you to serve.

Honor Jesus’ three core values. Have a fundamental faith by accepting God’s Word as infallibly true. Have an evangelical lifestyle by recognizing the importance of telling people the Gospel message. Have liberal relationships by being generous with your time and resources, and understanding other people’s weaknesses.

Set goals. With your vision, purpose, and mission in mind, set some specific goals for yourself in these areas: relationship with God, personal growth, family, career, and community and world. Frequently review your goals and your progress to see if you need to make any changes. Make yourself accountable to someone as you pursue your goals, and seek out a mentor who has accomplished similar goals.

Leave a great legacy. Consider what of yourself will live on in the lives of others after you’re gone. Make choices today to create the kind of legacy you’d like to leave.

Step into your authority. Claim the authority you have as a Christian to accomplish great things here on Earth, and rely on Christ to empower you. Let your position in Christ give you the confidence you need to tackle whatever God calls you to tackle. Cooperate with God to set people free to be restored to Him and each other, transforming them into Christ’s likeness in the process.

Adapted from The Power of an Ordinary Life: Discover the Extraordinary Possibilities Within, copyright 2007 by Harvey Hook. Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Ill., www.tyndale.com
Harvey Hook is regional director for The Gathering, an organization that addresses the moral, ethical, and spiritual needs of business people. He hosts a weekly interview program that airs nationally on the Sky Angel satellite network. Harvey has shared the platform with many others, such as Billy Graham, Charles Colson, and Elizabeth Dole. He served as a contributing writer to
Parents and Teenagers (Victor, 1984), and Moving Beyond Belief: Practicing the Presence of Christ in Your Daily Life (Thomas Nelson, 1993).