How to Keep Your Dreams Going!
The past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing with you about life dreams…about how you should dare to dream again…and how to learn what God has in mind for you. This week I want to share one more thing about dreams…how to pursue them!
Once you’ve heard from God and you’ve begun living your dream, it’s important to keep on course…even when it seems your dream has crashed and burned.
If you don’t remember anything else today, remember this…
Life is less about what happens to you…and more about how you respond to what happens to you.
I’ve seen people rise from the ashes time and time again. And by the grace of God, you can too.
So, how can you avoid giving up when things aren’t going well? These three truths will get you through the rough spots:
Don’t give up when things don’t begin well... It’s amazing how many people think a bad start disqualifies them from achieving their dreams. Chances are good you know people who started college but didn’t finish, all because they got off to a rough start. A bad beginning does not automatically translate to a poor ending, but as a pastor, I hear that one a lot.
Many people we consider heroes in the Bible had rugged starts. Some were prostitutes. King David was a murderer and adulterer. Paul, who wrote half the New Testament, was in the beginning in charge of killing Christians! Toward the end of his life this same man, Paul, wrote…
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
– 1 Timothy 1:12-13 (NIV)
How did these remarkable people fulfill God’s dream despite their rocky start? Repentance and forgiveness. Both are powerful forces. They repented, and God forgave. When you’ve blown it, admit it, turn around, and God will forgive.
In fact…and this may rock your theology…God has already forgiven you! Now, he’s waiting on you to realize it. Since God’s already done his part, all that’s left is for you to turn around, accept it, and follow him!
Don’t give up when unexpected things happen… Mark this down: you will encounter surprises as you live out your dream!
About 20 years ago, through a series of amazing events only God could arrange, I became pastor of a church in eastern Oklahoma. When God shows up like that you think “Man, this is gonna be good!” One year later, the church fired me. How’s that for a surprise? I was totally caught off guard.
I considered leaving occupational ministry, but the Lord said “no!” Little did I know that experience would eventually lead me to LifeSpring. God did have a plan…but it included more than a few surprises along the way.
Here’s my point…you’ll also have times you want to give up. But you gotta hold on because
...we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
– Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Finally, don’t give up even if it takes a long time to realize your dream. The Bible tells us…
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
– Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
”But you don’t know my situation, Jeff.”
You’re right…I don’t. But I do know your God!
If he’s put a dream in your heart, don’t give up. He called you for a reason. He knows you inside and out…knows your strengths and weaknesses…likes and dislikes. His dream for you is perfectly tailored not only to who you are…but to who he sees you becoming!