ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY – Your Dream-Vision-Goal…Is it really worth the Trouble?
I love to encourage people. Encouragement is simply something I do, it is a part of who I am. Perhaps, my passion to encourage comes from remembering the years past when I desperately needed encouragement in my troubled life and found myself left wanting. Maybe my passion comes from the simple yet perfect gift of God in being an exhorter of people. Perhaps, my deep desire to encourage and stir thoughts and ideas into people’s lives comes from witnessing the change that happens when people know they are not walking a path alone and that someone is willing to grab their hand for a moment along the way. All that to say, encouragement is a driving force in my life and part of my calling in moving in the lives of others.
In this post, it is important for me to state up front who I am and why I do what I do because it will be easy to misunderstand my intent as you read further. The content may seem a bit hard or in your face. It is not meant to. The content may feel like I’m pushing you too hard or seem insensitive. It is certainly not meant to do that. I wanted you to know up front, that my sole purpose and intent in writing today’s post is to simply…encourage you.
I spoke with someone this past week who believed her purpose in life was to work with hurting young girls and help them to see themselves through a different mirror than the painful ones from their past. Wow! That’s great stuff right there. I next asked her about organizations and some contacts that I could provide her with in moving toward that dream. Her reply was, “I’ve been hurt before in getting involved with certain types of organizations. I don’t think I’m ready to try again yet.” Further she stated that she didn’t have a degree to counsel or feel she was qualified to do what she wanted to do. Eventually, the conversation melted away to a less important subject.
Believe me, I get that. Having a dream is not the same as pursuing a dream. However, I’m not talking about getting a plastic cup stating you won an award for winning a treasure hunt or naming the correct amount of jelly beans in a jar. I talking about a dream, goal, a vision. In the case of the young woman I was talking with, her purpose.
Where am I going with this. All too often, we give up on ourselves, our dreams, our goals, our hopes and our future simply because of us. We give excuses like, “I’m not ready”, “It’s too hard”, “I’ve been hurt before”, “I’m not good enough”, “I will have to do too much”, etc. and believe that validates a reason to give up. The problem is not that the dream is unobtainable. The problem is that we often lack the courage, willingness to suffer discomfort and perseverance it takes to move toward grasping that dream.
Again, I get that. I know what it’s like to be homeless, hungry, directionless, alone, not a penny to your name, scared, confused, angry, wondering if God forgot about you or the vision He placed in you to walk in, thinking your crazy and need to come down off the clouds and do what everybody else is doing to get by, and even hating the dream, goal or vision itself for beating so deeply inside your soul. Yeah, I get that and struggle with it at times as well. After crying myself to sleep that night, I woke up emotionally bruised but knew I had to move forward regardless. Because my dreams, your dreams aren’t about accomplishing something. Dreams and visions are about our future and what we have been created to be, placed on this earth to be and to do. Anything less is a substitute for living a complete and purposeful life.
I said all that to get to say this…Whatever had been placed on your heart to do..Do It! If you have been given a vision to pursue, you must follow through because you have been chosen in order for that vision to take place as designed. If you have a dream, please do not let me, dream stealers, employers, financial situations, depression, friends, Christians, busyness, life or anything get in the way of grasping it as though it were your last breath. I am convinced that the more difficult the journey, the greater the vision and the result. If your dream is easy and cost you nothing, give it up because it is not a dream, simply a task you completed. You can do this because your dream, your vision, your passion, your purpose is so worth the trouble.