Not A Dream Quitter: Be A Destiny Chaser!
Have you ever had things happen that when taken individually seem insignificant, but if you compile them all together it’s as if God is trying to tell you something?
That’s been happening to me lately. It started with an internet video from Jon Acuff; in the video he talked about how we at some point in the daily grind of life we become dissatisfied and start to ask discovery questions like what do I want to do with my life? What do I want to be when I grow up? I heard him say that a dream is not a discovery but to recover something from our past that would have given our lives meaning. That dream that was suppressed by life. His message was clear that we didn’t have to wait until someday came, but we could make our dream job our day job and never work another day again.
I listen to podcasts and audio books in my car when I’m driving and this last week it seems that every message is about taking the chance to accomplish the dreams that were birthed in me years ago. Joel Osteen and Joseph Prince this week were both talking about fulfilling our destiny; that the dreams that we have or had are the nudging of God’s plan on our lives. To top it off I heard the story of Peter walking on water towards Jesus in a Tyler Perry movie that spoke to me that I need to get out of the boat and walk towards Jesus and my purpose in life.
Then this last Sunday, God in His majestic way of being plain continued this dream message. We had a guest preacher at church: Matthew Barnett, who runs The Dream Center in LA. He gave a powerful sermon on the greatness of God and how when you take a chance and follow God’s plan, you can find the cause within you. Afterward, I decided to buy his book The Cause Within You and then I got in line to get him so sign the book. I stepped in front of Matthew at the table where he was signing books and with his head down he began to write; then he looked up at me and said, “I don’t know why but I decided to write something different in your book”.
He went on to say that he wrote live on the edge. Immediately, I knew what it meant. I know that God has a bigger plan for my life than one I can even imagine. I’ve some idea of His plan but I’m far from understanding the complete picture. The little that I do know is I’ve been hesitant to pursue because it’ll take me so far out of my comfort zone that I risk people’s ridicule. It will also force me to face some of the darkness of my past which I’m not looking forward too.
“Live on the edge” to me means to follow the cause of God’s nudging on my life and pursue my dream with everything in me; that dream is to use my life experiences to help others succeed in their lives. I’ve pushed that dream back for nearly 15 years to “provide” for my family. This year I made a decision to get out of my box, the place I feel most comfortable to chase the plan that God has for me and you know what; you can too.
The truth is that this message is for each of us. It easy to procrastinate and to give reasons why we can’t follow our dreams right now; look, I can come up with five just off the top of my head. I’m too young, I don’t have enough money; the economy is bad, gas is too high; I can’t get a loan from the bank. We must understand that procrastination and excuses are the thieves of our destiny. God didn’t put us here for us to wander the earth like zombies, never to achieve or accomplish anything. I believe that he put each of us here to minister to the world. Not necessarily by standing in a pulpit but by the joy we have in our lives and the accomplishment of our dreams.
Why would a non-believer want to become part of any movement that made him or her feel guilty and condemned; with no peace and no purpose? The world offers only money but God offers us a cause greater than ourselves which is worth much, much more than money. In the accomplishments of our purpose where we shine God’s light on the darkness in this world and like bugs to a lamp, the non-believers will come and their hearts will be changed.
To fulfill our destiny is to be in God’s blessing. Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth,
without painful toil for it. In other words; we will have God’s favor, we will see His work in our lives. We don’t have to live a life full of mediocrity but we can achieve every purpose God placed in our hearts, even if it was placed their years ago.
It’s easy to stay where we’re at and it’s hard to take that risk of failure, but to chase a dream by definition requires us to take risks. Yes, risk often leads to failure but just because an idea fails doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you wiser. We must begin to see failure for what it was meant to be: a learning experience. You have a dream and it might be buried deep in your heart, but my bet is it’s there. It’s never too late to reenergize your dream and to finally make it part of your life. Dare to dream and to Live on The Edge!
Know Your Destination; Find Your Destiny
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