“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (AMP)
I have heard it said that when a runner is at their breaking point and they keep pushing through, they have a breakthrough just like a jet breaking the sound barrier. Resistance is not the end, BUT instead, it CAN BE the starting line for a new beginning if we are willing to DIG IN.
Now I used the above scripture, but we all know that the race of life does not have just one winner; however, there are those that get left behind for one reason or another. I have known people that have had a dream, but missed out because they did not step out. There is no room for hesitation in any race. I heard Entrepreneur Peter Daniels once say, “What do you do when a dream fails, you get another one!” Your life is not limited to just one dream, but if that one dream that you have does fail, life is not over. There will be times when we have to pull ourselves up and dust ourselves off and keep on keeping on. We need to instead see failure as a learning experience in what NOT to do the next time around.
I love Walt Disney’s quote and his reference to “if we have the courage to pursue”. Dreams will only be walked out by those that have an unquenchable desire to fulfill them. Right now would be a great time to say, “THAT’S ME”!!!!! Go ahead, say it again. =)
COURAGE: “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty”
This is something that I have not always allowed myself to walk in. Note – I said the word “allowed”. You first make a decision if your dream is worth it and then you walk it out. Many never see their dreams come to pass because they can’t see the worth in the race to get to them. This is not just in your dreams but also in your marriage, work, health & fitness, finances, etc. Everything in life worth having will require the courage to pursue and then keep pursuing. Marriage is a great example. So many couples pursue each other in the beginning, BUT don’t keep the pursuit going and marriage becomes a relationship that is way too comfortable. Keeping up with your health and fitness can be hard to maintain, as well. Back to Walt Disney, even after his death, his dream is still growing because the pursuit has never ended!
So what should we be pursuing daily?
* Your God and NOT because His Word says to, but because you want to.
* Your spouse, because this is the only way to keep the flame burning.
* Your kiddos, so they see your desire to invest in their lives.
* Your DREAMS, because this is how they grow and you grow, also.
And what are the ways in which we could pursue them?
* Study, read, learn and grow. Matthew 6:33 tells us to “seek first the Kingdom of God”.
* Take care of ourselves, which helps us take care of our spouse.
* Invest time together and get to know each other better. The person who thinks they know everything about their spouse is a fool!
* Go on dates, walks, and overnighters and do things the other enjoys whether you enjoy them or not.
* Journal, which I have found to be a great resource in the pursuit of everything I hold dear to me in this life.
This list could keep going and vary from person to person.
Life is a race but not one that is based on speed, but instead, commitment. So dig in and hold on tight and start to courageously pursue those things that matter most!
QUESTION: So what are you daily pursuing? And in what ways?
That’s it for this week, BUT there is going to be more to come on this topic! I would love to hear back from you below with your comments, suggestions and feedback. Or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I believe our life is truly meant to be the greatest adventure novel waiting to be written as we live it out. Start living the best life possible NOW on purpose with purpose. Live with no regrets and love without boundaries. Hold nothing back and charge life head on. I am excited for what’s next because the excitement of anticipation and not knowing of what is next is what births each breath in life.
So stand strong, live life loud and bold! Take this new day gladiator style, ruling and reigning it and not letting it reign you.