Does anybody else have this thing they want so badly? This thing that seems so far away and unattainable? This dream that just lights your soul on fire? Today The Lord encouraged me to keep dreaming despite the discouragement. The truth is, if it's a God-given dream, discouragement is bound to come if it hasn't already. Why? Because satan doesn't want God's plans to prosper. God is the dream giver. In fact, His plans are far better than ours could ever be. Read on for part 1 of pressing forward towards the dream, despite the struggle.
This morning, like so many mornings, was discouraging in the world of small business. In the building phase of a business, it's hard. Every cancelled membership feels personal. Every low bank account cuts deep when I think of the fact that this is my job, this is what supports my family. The enemy likes to take these discouragements and force me to dwell on them.
The following thoughts have already crossed my mind today and it's only 9 am:
"What am I doing wrong God?"
"Will this dream ever soar?"
"Maybe I should just quit!"
"Why does it have to be SO hard all the time?"
If you have a dream that feels bigger than you, you can probably relate to some of these feelings. I don't know what your dream is, but I have a feeling that if you dig deep, you can find a big dream you have shoved down deep due to the busyness of life.
What is your dream?
Is it starting or growing a business?
Maybe it's starting a family?
Maybe it's retirement?
Maybe it's traveling the world?
Is it missions work?
Maybe it's a promotion at work?
Maybe it's building a home?
But maybe....just maybe you can't think of your dream any longer?
Maybe for years you have been too busy with life, taking care of the kids, and paying the bills, that you let yourself stop dreaming? If this is you, I encourage you to start dreaming again? What's that thing that used to set your soul on fire? God has given each of us unique passions, talents, and dreams. When we start stepping in to those, the world will be changed. That doesn't mean it will be easy. In fact, it will be extremely hard. We will talk about that in part 2.
But first, let's talk about why we should keep going.
This morning as I was battling negative thoughts, God turned me to Habakkuk. Not a book that I visit often in the Bible. My journal literally says "What am I doing wrong God? Why does this dream feel so hard and so far away?"
And this is when His Word whispered some major truths into my heart.
"Write out the vision and make it plain to see." Habakkuk 2:2
God has given you a vision and dream. For so many of us, we never step into. I think one of the major reasons we can miss stepping into our God-given dream is because nobody even knows it is a dream of ours. It seems too big. It seems too unattainable. We don't want to look like a failure if it doesn't end up happening. So we just don't tell people. We don't allow ourselves to write it out. We don't allow ourselves to imagine what it could be.
This makes me think of the story in the Bible when the blind man comes for healing. Jesus knows what he wants. I mean it's obvious. He's blind. Of course he wants to be healed. But Jesus asks him anyway "what do you want me to do for you?" The same is true for us. God already knows our dream. He's the one that has put it in our hearts. But there's a huge step of faith that comes when we actually speak it, write it out, and tell God what we want. He wants us to ask. He wants us to know deep in our own hearts what it is that we want. This doesn't mean He will always give it, or maybe not in our timing, but we will unpack that as well in part 2. We can't let that keep us from dreaming. Because what if...
What if that dream comes true?
There is a lot to unpack in a few short verses of Habakkuk that God really pressed on my heart today, but for the sake of your time and your mental capacity, we are going to start with part 1, just 1 action step.
Share your vision with your trusted friends and family. Share your vision with those that you know are going to push you to keep chasing it. Share your dream with those who are going to pray for you and encourage you when the discouragements happen. Even if the dream feels millions of years away, write it down. There's power in this. God tells us to do this. My vision, my dream, is a fitness community that changes the world and wins souls for Christ. Not just in Sellersburg, IN, but all over. I envision multiple locations one day. I envision women's conferences with thousands of women breaking free from the lies this world tells us about our health and fitness. I envision women stepping into God's truth about them. When I write about this, it fires me up. I can hardly keep up with my fingers on the keyboard.
While this is my dream, it seems ten million miles away. Multiple locations? I can't even keep up with one. Large conferences of thousands of women? I can't even speak in front of 100! Do you notice the theme in this though? I can't. I can't do this. God's truth says we can do all things through Him. I don't have to do it. I just have to rely on Him to lead and guide me. He will do the rest. So, the current vision right in front of me that seems so far fetched is a bigger space for our first location. $10,000 stands in the way. That's minor in God's eyes. So, I wrote it down this week and shared it with people that I know will pray and encourage me towards this dream. My current vision is below.
What's your dream? What's your vision?
Stop right now! Stop and write it down.
If you haven't spent time dreaming in a while, it may take some time.
Even if it takes you hours to think and dream again, do it. God-given dreams are worth chasing.
Don't think about the logistics, the finances, the impossible things, the discouragement. We will discuss all of that in part 2 as long as you come back next week.
Today, just dream. Today, just write out the vision and make it plain to see.
PS. If you don't have anyone to share your vision with, write it in the comments.
I would love to pray for you as you chase this dream of yours.