Life At Its Best: It's never too late to attain your dreams
By By Jim Graff
March 8, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 7, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.
Everyone has the desire to dream. If you spend any time around kids, you've seen it. At a very young age, they begin imagining what their life can be their limitless dreams frequently changing. (My kids could go from a professional athlete to a rock star in only 24 hours). But as we get older, something changes. We no longer dream like we did when we were young. For one reason or another, the expectations we had of our lives begin to fade.
Sometimes, it's the busyness of life that causes this. Sometimes, it's the lack of affirmation we received from a parent or loved one. Sometimes, it's just our own fears holding us back. Whatever the reason, we allow ourselves to settle for less than the life we dreamt of for so long.
If one of those describes your journey, know this: God hasn't called us to settle. He's placed individual desires inside of every one of us, and he has a unique purpose for each of us to fulfill. There'll be seasons when it feels like that purpose will never come to pass. We'll be tempted to give up. But we must continue to believe in God's promise. If we'll dare to believe and be obedient even in the difficult seasons, there's no limit to what he'll do.
In the Bible, we see that Joshua was a man who dared to believe and obey. For 40 years, he watched and learned from Moses as he led Israel. He was his right-hand man. But one day, Joshua got news that changed everything.
God told him that Moses was going to die, and that he was to become the new leader of Israel. He instructed him to lead the people into the Promised Land. God assured him that he'd have victory over every place he set foot.
Joshua probably felt like many of us would have in that moment. I'm sure thoughts of fear and doubt flooded his mind. He didn't feel ready or qualified to lead a nation. But in the midst of his fear, God encouraged him to have faith. He challenged him to believe and act upon His promise. Joshua did, and sure enough, the dream came to pass.
Like Joshua, we're all going to have times when it's easy to doubt God's plan. We may not feel like we have the skills or resources to make it happen. That's when we're to hold tight to his promise. That's when we dare to believe and allow that belief to inspire obedient action.
Doing so often requires taking steps we don't understand or feel ready for. It may go against our own plan. But we must trust that his plan is greater. We must act regardless of how we feel. When we're obedient, we can be confident the dream will be fulfilled.
What dream is God daring you to go after? Don't give up on it. Continue believing, even in the difficult seasons. Take steps of faith and start pursuing your dream today.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com