How do you measure success?
Most define it as how much a man owns and his social status. if that person is a doctor, policeman, or lawyer, then they are highly esteemed and given praise.
and yes, those professions deserve our respect.
but do those jobs define a persons worth?
at the heart is where we will find the measure of a man.
to be happy and fulfilled in your career is a true blessing.
but it is a status that few have reached.
because they stopped believing for their dream,
or maybe they never had a dream at all-
they just did what their parents or friends told them to do.
maybe they had to go for the first job offered to them because of lifes circumstances and needed the money, then as time went on they just settled and never strove for anything higher than what was laid in front of their eyes.
well my friends, it is never too late to go and pursue your dreams.
your "vision" is what you can see with your eyes.
your "dreams" are what you see beyond your vision.
your best friend is right beside you at the pier on a lake.
you both are looking at a beautiful sunrise- that is what is in your vision.
but you also see an opportunity to start fresh with a new day.
to conquer the day and your to do list.
you see god giving you another chance to fulfill your purpose and give him glory.
you see the beauty in life.
your friend doesn't see that-they only see the sunrise.
your dream is for you -
it is something that can only be reached with god.
when you press into his wisdom, he will not fail you.
don't take a settling dream approach,
you know where you have a great dream but are scared you might not achieve it, so to save face with others and not seem like a total loser, you have an easier "backup dream".
one that can be achieved without full effort and still makes you look like you are a winner.
if there is nugget of wisdom i have learned from pop culture movies and quotes it is from ricky bobby in the "talladega nights" movie,
he was right when he said,
"if you're not first, you're last". (come on laugh, you know that was funny)
it's like a 2nd place trophy and not even one that you really earned,
it's one that you gave yourself.
it's a participation trophy--and we all know those are ridiculous, especially in sports (insert eyeroll and groan, lol)
don't just participate in life--
strive for your vision.
you don't have a vision?
ok, start today--ask god to give you ideas, ones that will bring him glory.
in the process of "going for it", you will develop a friendship with god that is unequivocal to any relationship you have ever experienced.
lean on, depend on and draw closer to god--
in him you will find your success!
and the next time you are on the pier looking at the lake,
your dream reaching best friend, god, will be seeing the same sunrise as you!
Habbukuk 2:2,3“Write the vision
And engrave it plainly on clay tablets
So that the one who reads it will run.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed future time
It hurries toward the goal of fulfillment; it will not fail.
Even though it delays, wait patiently for it,
Because it will certainly come; it will not delay.