We all have dreams, no matter how big or small. But deep down within all of us is a burning desire to be or accomplish something. Some dreams are long-term, some are short-term. No matter what, it’s important to always stay motivated on your journey. There are always going to be moments when nothing seems to be working. You’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, and you’ve even taken courses. You want to answer the call that God has placed on your life, and for a while you thought you were doing fine. But now you’re stuck and you don’t know where to turn. To those of you, who do not attend potential church, please allow me to share yesterday’s sermon with you. This resonated with me as I am in a constant battle on my journey to accomplishing my dreams. I hope you can find inspiration and motivation within these words to guide you throughout your week.
There are three questions you can ask yourself while on your journey. The first is, “What have I dismissed that God can’t miss?” In other words, what sin have I not addressed? Now this is not to shame you into living some self-righteous lifestyle. Rather it is meant for you to do some self-reflecting on which areas of your life you can improve on. Because God cannot promote you on the outside if you’re not ready on the inside. Maybe the entire time you’ve been reading this so far, you’ve been thinking about one thing. In my life, I know what I struggle with, but maybe you’re still trying to convince yourself that it’s not really an issue or a problem. That you are more committed than most people, but yet others are still being blessed and not you. But know this, God is not mad at you and he does want to do something incredible in your life; but the dream will die if you don’t deal with what you have dismissed. For me, I know mine is laziness. I should’ve been out there pounding the pavement, promoting, networking, pushing, actually making and returning phone calls; but instead I took a laid back approach to my dreams, as if the answer was just going to fall out of the sky. I consumed myself with activities that had nothing to do with what my focus should’ve been. You must surround yourself with what is good for your advancement and follow through on the steps you know you need to take.
The second question you should ask yourself is, “Who am I doing life with?” The power of partnership is important because one is too small of a number for greatness. God didn’t make you to do life alone. Marriages, business partnerships and friendships are the three central types of relationships. These are people who are not just in your life but a part of your life. The Bible says, “Don't become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That's not partnership; that's war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God's holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives…Don't link up with those who will pollute you.”(2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MSG) This is not because they are bad, or you are better than them, it is because you are going in two different directions spiritually, and you are asking for an incredible challenge that will move you away from the dream and the destiny that God has put in your heart.
The last question to ask yourself is, "How do you build a team?" When you are close to success, it helps to have a partner, or someone close to you; people who will lift you up. When you’re in a good relationship or have a really good friend, you know what it’s like when the world is beating you up on the outside, but your partner is standing with you. But your team should always look for ways to go. It’s the power of influence. You can’t reach your destiny without the ability to influence. Maybe you need to influence family, friends, staff members or bankers. In order to influence correctly, you must have an
· Authentic dream - You can’t build a team when the dream you have is only about you.
· A consistent (not perfect) integrity - You can’t succeed unless you deal with the anger, lust, jealousy etc. that is holding you back. Be real, be genuine. Don’t try to be who people think you should be, be who God intended you to be.
· A trustworthy relationship - Who’s around you is important, when you put the wrong people around you, you limit your ability to influence other people. People don’t just respond to you, they respond to who you bring into your life, because that says something about whom you are, your character and the stands that you take.
Together you can accomplish all the He has called you to do. This Thanksgiving, what better way to give thanks than to be who God has made you to be?