So when is it too late to start fulfilling a dream? The best answer I can give you is this: “When you are dead and buried”. Honestly, it’s never too late to start or even start over!
The race to complete a dream is not a time race as much as it is an endurance race. Now don’t get me wrong, we need to live our dreams and not dream about living them. What I mean by that, is that we do need to get going on the path that leads us to fulfilling our dreams BUT do not put a time limit on yourself or God. Setting goals is good, but putting a time limit on things can build discouragement which is a killer of great dreams! We must realize that our life and all that we do, is on God’s time schedule and not ours. So our part is to take our dreams and live them, but be patient in their completion.
We can look at the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis, starting in Chapter 37 and see a man with a dream, but not a schedule. What if he would have put a schedule on his life and then that deadline day came and nothing had come about yet? He would still be looking at the same prison stone walls and nothing would have changed. Joseph had to know that God had given him a dream and that God had a plan to see that dream come to pass.
Just like Joseph, you have to know that you have a dream and that God has a plan. Your primary part is to seek first the Kingdom Matthew 6:33 (AMP) “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” You must have a dream and then start down the highway to fulfilling it and seeking Him for His plan every step of the way and not yours or someone else’s.
So how can we keep from letting discouragement creep in? We must first know that it’s God’s way we are going and not our own. We can look at the life of Gideon and see how this process works best. Starting in Judges 6, we can read about Gideon and his walk to completing what God had called him to do. In the end, Gideon finally had to realize that it must be done God’s way and not his own way. God’s way is perfect and ALWAYS brings success through an already completed victory. We can read that in 1 Cor 15:57.
(I encourage you to go back and fully read both of these stories.)
So you might be just now starting or making a completely new fresh start, but whichever it is, make it the right start.
Feel free to leave your thoughts below.
Wow, the timing on this for me is perfect. As I’ve been involved with YWAM in the last 4 months, I would have told you 15 months ago or 15 years ago. I’m not going anywhere. This is ALL God. I am willing to go where He sends me. Thank you for this Dr. Spanberger. Brother Beej.
Hello my friend – Thank you so much for sharing this. My friend you are truly called and chosen. Keep your eyes up because the best is is yet to come. Blessings – Keith
thank you brother Keith, I recently went from fulltime work to two days a week only to involve more in minisrty. This posting is an encouragement to me. Thank you and hope to see you when you come to Iowa next time. Come to teach Bhutanese Nepali Truth Church Kingdom principles.
Hello my friend, it so great to hear from you. Hope all is well there at the church and I look forward to my return to your church to preach once again. Remember to keep your eyes up and on God as you embark on this new place in life! I call you blessed!!!