A tagline of a book grabbed my attention. It read, “Discover the life you were born to live.”

I thought to myself, “If I knew the answer, I’d be winning the jackpot of life.”

If you’re like me, you’ve probably wrestled with questions like: “Who am I?” “Why on earth am I here?” “Where am I going?”

Thankfully, Michael Kendrick and Ben Ortlip did us a great service by writing “Blueprint.”

Blueprint for life is your chance to take out a piece of paper and say, ‘Lord, I’m listening and I’m taking notes. Tell me everything you want me to know.

Creating a blueprint for your life is a matter of collecting the right clues and placing them in a central location to use as reference. A blueprint is a rough draft … a picture of the end product as seen by the Architect. With a blueprint for life, suddenly there is a place to turn for reference when making key deci­sions. There are written plans to help you recognize when things are on track and when it’s time to take the next step in life. There is guidance for establishing a strong foundation, developing your in­ner wiring (DNA), even tending to the cosmetic details.

They are not hidden in a secret Bible code or cryptic interpretations of ancient prophecy. In fact, they’re embedded in the fabric of who you are. You just need to take a thorough look at yourself, and you can learn a lot about your calling in life.

Take time and think through the eight clues that will help you discover what you are born to be.

Passion

What makes you passionate? Are there certain things that seem to bring fulfill­ment or awaken your ambitions? If money were no object, where would you choose to focus your time and energy? These can be important clues as to where God would have you apply yourself.

Giftedness

What special gifts or skills are you equipped with? Are there abilities that stand out in you which could indicate a function you might perform in the world? What are the things you do best? Is there anything that comes effortlessly for you while others struggle to keep pace? What can you do that no one else can? Some­times God gives us special talents so that we can perform certain skills that sup­port His master plan.

Resources

What resources or possessions do you have that can be leveraged? Do you have money, a position of influence, a vehicle, or an education that could be a building block for something you pursue? Perhaps you have key relationships with certain people that might be useful in developing one of your passions into an idea, a pro­gram, or a business. Could it be that God has given you access to resources that will play an important role in unfolding His plan for your life?

Opportunities

What opportunities are sitting on your doorstep today? What opportunities are looming on the horizon? Have new doors opened? Have old ones closed? Might these be an indication of where God is taking you next? Change can be intimidating, but God will often use our circumstances to open doors in our life or to close them.

Your Past

How has God used you in the past? Did it seem like His hand was on your efforts? Which ones were successful? Did you gain valuable experience that would be helpful in a similar arena now? You may already be doing what God wants you to do. And even if you aren’t, God almost always gives us a track record that leads logically toward the areas where He will use us in the future. One of the best indi­cators of the future is often the past.

Key Environments

Are there certain environments in which you tend to thrive? Is there a certain area of the country that gets your juices flow­ing? Do you have a favorite city? Are there particular people or personality types that make you productive? Is there a certain office arrangement or housing situation that enables you to flourish? Sometimes these factors are decided for us, are limited by finances, or must defer to other priorities. But sometimes our preferred environments can lead us toward God’s plan for our lives.

God’s Word

There is no place where God has spoken more directly to the issues in our lives than in Scripture. This is the cornerstone of our search for our purpose. Because of God’s Word, we don’t need to ask if it’s God’s will for us to cheat on our taxes, or become a drug dealer, or divorce our spouse to marry someone else. In addi­tion to the obvious “do”s and “don’t”s, there are many principles that suggest how life is supposed to work. The more you know about Scripture, the easier it is to discern God’s will.

Wise Counsel

If you were to ask the mentors in your life, what would they say you should do? Preferably, you should ask people you trust, people who have already been where you aspire to go, and people who have nothing to gain or lose by your deci­sion. Iron sharpens iron. If God is lead­ing you toward something, He will often confirm it through the suggestions of others you trust.

Question: Which clues do you need to focus more to live more intentionally to your calling?

Paul Sohn is a leadership coach, best-selling author and speaker. Paul is the founder and CEO of QARA. Paul is a best-selling author of Quarter-Life Calling: Finding Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties. Paul was named one of the Top 33 under 33 Christian Millennials to Follow by Christianity Today.