First, speaking from experience, let me tell you something that will impact your dream before you even start: don’t compare yourself. Comparing yourself to others will neutralize your thoughts, and therefore, your actions, before you even take off running (or walking, or skipping- however you prefer). Don’t do it. Unless you do enjoy pitying
yourself, which we sometimes appear to do. After all, we’ve dreamed of something
so long and then here comes someone else that just happened to wake up one day and decided to chase after our dream. How dare they? We thought of it first. Well, we don’t know that for sure, but it matters not. What good does thinking about something do if we never follow through with it? It does nothing but keep us at bay while we watch others put action to their thoughts, leaving us feeling jealous and inadequate; complete failures.
There are many ways in which we hope to make a difference. Perhaps we dream of starting a ministry, or some other type of non-profit organization to fill a need we see in the world. Maybe we have some writing we hoped to someday publish or a business we’d like to start! It’s possible that dream of ours requires we further our education and it seems so far-fetched! We are quick to make excuses or allow others’ actions to make them for us.
I have to say, though, that if we feel called by God to do what we dream of doing, no excuse is valid. God knows when and God knows how. We worry about the details as if they were our responsibility. Our first two steps ought to be:
2) Having unshakable faith in God
That first step (of obedience) we take doesn’t say, “I believe in myself! I have the power to do it! I’ll show people what I’m made of!” Rather, it says, “I believe in the God I serve and in His power at work within me to finish what He started and called me to do! I’ll show the world the God I serve!”
The second step (of having faith) doesn’t say, “It’s too difficult and I will likely fail! I never finish what I start. What if nothing happens or people don’t support me?” Rather, it says, “Whatever happens, may God be glorified! If he has called me, may His will be done in me and through me. May he open and close doors as He pleases, to glorify His
We must keep our eyes on Him, not others and their journeys. We must pray for others, that they may also be obedient and sensitive to God’s voice, while being careful not to harbor any resentment, jealousy, or self-pity. Their successes don't dictate our own journey. We can be genuinely happy for them and be encouraged to follow our own path.
What moves you? If you are uncertain, look around you. What talents do you have that can be of great benefit to someone else? Look for a ministry you can get involved in. Seek God in prayer and in His Word. He will not disappoint you. Don’t fall into the trap of self-condemnation. God has put great things inside you that will both benefit others and glorify Him!
Write that book.
Start that blog.
Start your ministry.
Enroll in school.
Ask for help.
No step is too small, if it’s going forward. No ministry is too small, if God is in it. No desire is too far-fetched, if it is God- breathed.
Go for it.
Time may not seem to be on your side, but He who made time, is!
Now’s the time to trust Him. If He has spoken, walk in obedience! Enjoy the journey, learn from the obstacles as you overcome them, and rejoice in God's goodness.