One thing that most of us have in common is this: None of us want to be average and ordinary. God put it on the inside of you to want to BE somebody and to DO something SPECIAL with your life. He out it into your heart to make your life count for something.
When I meet people, one question I like to ask them is, “WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAD NO LIMITATIONS?” If you could live your life any way you choose…what would you do with it? What would you be in life?
These are your dreams. Then, I usually ask a second question, specifically, “IS IT HAPPENING FOR YOU?” Are you at least WORKING on a way of bringing it to pass? Can you at least see a time in the future when you’ll be able to fulfill that purpose in your life? If you keep on doing like you’ve BEEN doing, is it likely to happen for you?
I hate to say it, but most people sadly shake their heads and say, “No…it isn’t happening that way at all.” And then they tell me about the reasons it isn’t happening for them and probably won’t happen in the future.
Reasons like getting married too young, or marrying the “wrong” person, not going to college when they had the opportunity, taking the wrong job, being too old, too young, too late, too early, too big, too ugly, too small, not smart enough, or any other of about a dozen factors that I won’t bore you with.
The next question I ask is, “DO YOU REALLY WANT TO JUSTIFY YOURSELF OUT OF YOUR DREAMS?” It’s too easy to whittle our dreams down to match the size of our lives. That’s a lot easier than stretching our lives to make them the right vehicle for taking us to our dreams.
The problem with putting our life’s dreams on the shelf is that they never go away. They’re always there, saying, “This is how your life COULD be; and SHOULD be.” And, in your heart of hearts, you know it’s TRUE. And, that’s unsettling.
Fortunately, they don’t HAVE to be few. Or far between. Those times are given to you to REMIND you that your dreams are given to a YOU for one reason; to be lived out and fulfilled, so you can fulfill the purpose that God put you on Earth for.
My purpose in life as a minister of the Gospel is FIRST, to help people to come to Jesus, so they can live the kind of life that Jesus purchased for them on the cross; and to be able to live that kind of life not just here on Earth, but to continue to live it in the hereafter.
Secondly, my purpose, or the calling that God has put on my life as a Pastor is to help as many people as possible to discover their purpose in life and then to help them to live it. To ME, that is success. I have been successful in God if that’s how my life’s spent.
And, thanks to the hundreds of responsive people who also want to break out of the rut of a dull gray average life, my purpose is being fulfilled – the dream is happening.
Now, I want to help it to happen in YOUR life. I want to help you to have it happen like it is for so many who have desperate enough for it that THEY DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
What’s the difference between those whose lives are rich, full and filled with purpose and those who live meager, empty and frustrated lives? I can tell you this much: Those who are living their lives in accordance with the dream that God put in their heart aren’t any smarter than other people. In fact, some of them have lower than average people and have frustrated lives? Some of them are what you would possibly call “homely.” And they’re not any richer, luckier, healthier or any of the other things that you might want to use to justly yourself out of a satisfying and full life.
NO, LIKE I SAID EARLIER. THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT THEY WANTED IT SO BADLY THAT THEY FINALLY DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
They went out on a limb, they took a step in faith, they made a vow to God, they took a risk…and something incredible started to happen on the inside of them. New vision came to them. A new sense of purpose was born in their hearts. Zeal returned. Joy was awakened.
And God began to open doors of opportunity to them that had seemed IMPOSSIBLE – out of reach just a few months before. Things like having a bad credit report from “the old days” wiped clean…being able to send a kid to college on scholarships…being able for the first time to buy a decent car, at affordable payments…getting a raise and a promotion on a job where the boss had been “out to get” the employee…having people who owed money for years, big money, suddenly decide to pay it back…All these things are happening for people, because it’s a part of fulfilling their purpose and living out the dream that God put into their hearts.
I know YOU have a dream. Something that maybe you haven’t taken out and looked at lately. Because when you do, it only makes you sad. But, on the other hand, it has never completely died.
I want to urge you: STIR UP THE DREAM THAT’S INSIDE OF YOU! LEARN TO DREAM AGAIN! GET OUT THERE AND FIGHT FOR YOUR DREAM! FIGHT MEDIOCRITY AND AVERAGENESS AND BECOME SOMEBODY! SOMEBODY WHO IS LIVING LIFE – ABUNDANTLY!
I’d like to know what God has put into your heart. Even if it was several years ago and it sort of seems silly to you now. I know a man who had a dream to open a home for abused children more than 20 years ago. He and his wife have recently opened that home, fully staffed and licensed, and are caring for about a dozen abused children. All because they nurtured their dream for more than 20 years and refused to let it die!
BRING YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY, and see what’s instore for you!