Do you know that it can take an entire day for a large ship to turn around and go a different direction?
Making lasting change in your life around will naturally take more than a couple of days or weeks. One of my favorite motivators, Denis Waitley says,
“It is obvious that the majority of people spend more time planning a Christmas party or vacation than they do planning their lives.”
You’ve been living life a certain way for a long time, and some habits you have or paths you are on might be good. And some are not. The good thing is that you’re dedicated to making your life as close to utmost as possible. And that requires change, discipline, direction and focus. These things take time.
This week I want you to examine your dreams based on your unique set of talent, experience and personality.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASSETS?
Ask yourself these questions:
1. What talents do I have that will be a benefit to my dream?
2. What challenges, even if they weren’t pleasant, have given me experience that I will need either to attain my dream, or better live my dream?
3. What aspects of my personality are beneficial to my dream?
In his book, Talent is Not Enough, John Maxwell says, “People who believe in themselves get better jobs and perform better in them than those who don’t”. It is important to know who you are and what you have to offer.
Now here’s a hard question, but an important one:
Is my dream realistic? And is it something I believe God wants for me?
Remember that as we grow in God, our perspective can change. In fact, certain beliefs that you held closely a few years ago may have shifted a little. This is all a natural part of growth. When you were five, you might have believed in Santa Claus, and your imagination was a healthy part of being a child. But as you matured, you started to doubt that Santa could really fly to all those houses in just one night – why did your thinking change? Because your perspective on your world grew. Now that you are an adult and watch CNN, you know there are almost 7 billion people in the world. I HOPE you don’t still believe in Santa!
CHANGE IS TO BE EXPECTED
So don’t be afraid if your dreams shift with time. It does not mean that you’re flaky or lacking in faith. It may mean that you are maturing in God and growing as a person.
What does not change is God’s original purpose for your life. His gifts and his calling are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). You were born with certain gifts and a calling that, no matter what you do in life and no matter what choices you make, will follow you wherever you go.
Sometimes when people get around me or go to my meetings, they say, “I want to be just like you, Tim Storey. Show me how to do what you do.” They don’t realize that I was preaching to 40,000 people when I was 26. I have a unique purpose, and I spent a long time in preparation for fulfilling my calling. But you are not called to be me. You are called to be YOU.
GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING
“I WANT TO LIVE BY DESIGN TO MY GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE; I WANT TO FULFILL MY PURPOSE FOR BEING ON THE EARTH.” - TIM STOREY
Have you forgotten who God called you to be? Or have you ever stopped to listen to what He designed for you?
In the Bible, the apostle Paul challenged a young pastor named Timothy by saying, “Remember who you are, Timothy!” Paul went on to say:
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. [II Timothy 3-7]
Timothy had a call on his life, and he had a gift of sincere faith which he inherited from his grandmother and mother. But Timothy was facing some challenges, and he was feeling timid. Paul was reminding Timothy that God had not changed his mind about Timothy just because Timothy was afraid. Paul was LIFE COACHING Timothy. He was stirring up the best that God had deposited in Timothy so that Timothy could live an utmost life.
Sometimes, I wonder if Timothy had a fear of failure. A lot of us have that. There can be so much pressure on us to succeed that we are scared to even start. Here’s what we need to remember, though. Your purpose is God’s purpose for you. Your dream is God’s dream for you. Submit your dream to God. Knowing that it is not all on you, but that He is working with you, will ease the fear of failure.
Remember who you are. If you try to be someone else, the world will miss out on YOU. Don’t let that happen. Is it time to go to God and ask again, what is MY PURPOSE?
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME