You know there are times where discouragement sets in while pursuing an endeavor, a period of speculation as to whether or not what you are doing will pay off. I personally have come to this point many of times throughout the years and still do. For years I have been writing blogs and articles with little return in my investment and this has brought a sense of hopelessness. But after much prayer I still feel the need and desire to write and inspire, and with this feeling I also sense God telling me, “It will all pay off.”
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10 NKJV).
The first step in pursuing any new endeavor is to have faith, but I also believe that this faith is also accompanied by humbleness. Not only should we have faith when pursuing, but also have a humbled heart and attitude knowing that it will all take time and patience to bear fruit. Just like a tree does not grow overnight, but requires maintenance as well as time to grow, so is the same for growing a dream.
This brings me to my next point and the second step within the pursuance and that is patience. Without faith we can not pursue and without patience we can not grow the dream. Hard work is needed when pursuing for sure, but patience is required in order to grow the dream properly. Not only patience brings about the fruit, but perseverance as well.
“Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:3).
Patience is good and essential, but with this patience we also need the third step of perseverance in order to fully reach our goal. Faith for beginning, patience for growing and perseverance for accomplishing. In order to allow the full growth process to be accomplished and the dream reach full maturity we must continue pushing forward even when it seems “pointless” or going no where. Our human eyes can only see the moment, but God can see all things and has already gone before you to prepare the way and to bear the fruit.
In order to reap the full benefits of God’s will for our life we must put all three steps and disciplines to our life. Without all three working together we will continue in a vicious cycle of believing, doubting, quitting and then starting all over again. Doubt is the killer that only faith, patience and perseverance can overcome along with the power of the Holy Spirit working in our life. Let go of doubt and cling to faith.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (1:6-7).
When looking at other successful people you begin to realize that most of their stories have a basic foundation of faith, patience, perseverance and hard work. The last and final step and discipline to add into the equation is hard work, and lots of it. Most of the time when we look at someone who has accomplished their dream we only see them at the accomplished state and not the growing state.
The growing state is the toughest part and most people that have made it tell me the blood, sweat and tears they shed during this phase of growth. I will not beat around the bush, it will be hard and success is not guaranteed, but with the disciplines of success and a close relationship with God it will all work out for the good. The key at this point is to not let fear trap you, but let faith empower you.
I have read and heard many stories from older people about regrets in life of settling and not living their dream. They talk about the regret almost as though it were death itself with tears dwelling in their eyes. After so many people not going for their dream and realizing that they could and should have went for it, sounds more like a nightmare to me. I do not know about you, but I do not want the nightmare, I want the dream!
Where are you at on your journey today? Have you entered into the first step yet? No matter what remember to keep going and try and enjoy the growth process. See the growth as a journey through this life and not just a burden. With this view you will be able to make the most of the growth phase and when you do reach your goal, you will then be able to look back with a smile of not only accomplishment, but of experience as well. Live your dream and know that it will all pay off!