Purpose & Vision


Photographed by Najha Restrepo

Being eighteen years old, I am in a constant state of wonder concerning my future. There is not a day that goes by that I do not imagine myself living out my deepest passions. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about what I could possibly do now to get to where I want to be in the next 5-10 years or the connections I could be making to better impact my future. Sometimes my dreams and visions seem too far off (quite impossible). Sometimes fear rushes in and I worry about how such big ideas could ever be accomplished in one lifetime. I allow my current circumstances to bring me to a place of doubting where God can actually take me. However, God has given me these dreams and passions, He is the one who placed these gifts inside of me, so it is not my job to stress over how it will all be accomplished. My job is to actually trust that He will lead and guide my steps to success in life. I have come to realize there are many people in the same boat as me. 

On the other hand, I have recognized a huge issue in my generation: lack of vision caused by lack of identity. What does it mean to have a vision for your life? My simple definition would be seeing yourself successful in an occupation/career field, or lifestyle. It is knowing (or at least having an idea) of what you want to do for the rest of your life. There are many things that hinder us from having big dreams. Sometimes we have these big ideas and then we share them with small minded people who belittle us for actually having goals in life and not wanting to settle for mediocracy. Other times we find ourselves spending an incredible amount of time trying to pursue our dreams and get discouraged when we don't see the results we desire. Belittling ourselves or comparing our work to others develops an “I will never be good enough” mindset. Even being raised in an environment where “just getting by” in life is considered acceptable. These are maybe just a few reasons why people lack vision or ambition. 

I believe everyone has a calling. How do we know our calling? It starts with finding who you are in God. Know that God’s thoughts towards you are always good. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” (Pslam 139:17-18). When we know how God sees us we can begin to see ourselves from His perspective. The next step is determining our gifts and passions. Remember that your passion is not always your gift (if you have a passion to sing, but everyone tells you you're a terrible singer…well you get the picture). Ask God to give you dreams about what He’s calling you to; ask him to show you where He wants you to go. Allow yourself to dream big and write your dreams and visions down, in detail.

As deep as this topic goes, the main thing I want you to get from this is that you can do it. God placed you on this earth to impact it(not for selfish gain), you have a calling, you have a purpose. In life there are obstacles so the ride to accomplish our goals will not always be a smooth one. Let yourself grow in the difficult seasons of life. You are limitless, the only limits that exist are the ones you create in your mind. 

Dreams are real, they are a unseen reality. All things that are seen (natural manifestation) come from the unseen (spiritual realm) according to Hebrews 11:1-3. The avenue by which we experience our dreams is called FAITH. Faith pulls what you envision into sight for all to see. The most promising part about your dreams, is that they are really God desires for your life. It is really God’s way of saying this is what I want to do through you in the earth and for you. God will provide and lead the way, all you have to simply do is believe and obey His direction. God’s dream is sure to come to pass!
— Tonie Restrepo (http://www.soulprosperityinstitute.com)