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Keep Reaching for Your Dream

Joyce Meyer (6)

What do you want out of life? Do you have a dream for your life, your children, your finances or your marriage? Is there something you are hoping for: an idea, a goal, a plan or vision? Whatever it is that you want, what is it going to take to reach it?

We need to be reaching toward our dreams all the time because God didn’t create us for passivity or to be static in life. So if you’ve got your life in park, you need to get it in drive and start moving toward the dreams God has put in your heart.

See, the things you want are not going to just fall into your lap. You are going to have to reach out and grab them. You’re going to have to get a holy determination in you that says, “If anyone can have the life God wants them to have, then it’s going to be me!”

But you need to remember that you’re probably not going to get there overnight, so it’s important to find the balance between being content and striving toward those desires.

Paul said he learned to be content in all situations: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want (Philippians 4:12 NIV). He never got upset about where he was, but at the same time, he continued to look forward to what God had in store for him down the road.

I was good at looking forward. God gave me a big dream for this ministry, but at the time, I didn’t fully understand the contentment part Paul was talking about—enjoying where you are until you get to where you’re going. So I spent a lot of years allowing the dream God gave me to torment me, instead of enjoying the journey.

Over time I discovered that while it’s important to keep your God-given dreams in front of you (see Habakkuk 2:2-3), you also have to learn to be content so you won’t be miserable on the way to the fulfillment of your dreams. At the same time, we should never allow contentment to make us so comfortable that we forget about the vision.

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