Having dreams and chasing after them is so important.  At various points in our lives, we all have dreams that we hope to pursue, but the most common time in life to have dreams is when we are in our youth.  That period of life is usually so full of dreams as all things seem to be possible when you are just beginning to really experience life and just beginning to see the things that are possible for you.  Moreover, when you are young and full of youthful energy, enthusiasm, and hope, it seems as if you can overcome virtually any obstacle.   And, of course, that time in life is the time in which you can set the foundation or the initial life-path that will lead to great things.  All that is necessary is the willingness to work hard and the commitment to the dream, assuming that God is in it, and assuming that you are including God in the process.  God can help you get past the points of difficulties on the way to your dreams, giving you victories in many of the things that you dream about.  Additionally, God can give you the courage and the wisdom to overcome those points of difficulty that you cannot foresee in your youthful inexperience.

And there will be difficulties.  That is a given.  But it is always important to remember for all difficulties and troubles in life, that nothing is as bad as it originally appears to be.  When we first face obstacles in life, they can seem to be insurmountable at first when our strength and courage have yet to be “tried in the fire.”  And Satan is often busy at work trying to make problems seem bigger than they really are so that you give up, before the final push that overcomes the monumental obstacle.  But it is so easy to become discouraged by the complex problems of life.  These problems can so easily befuddle you, making you focus your energy on the wrong things or sapping away you courage, bit by bit.  This is what Galations 6:9 is referring to when it says:  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

God promises in this verse that we will reap whatever we sow, whether it is to the flesh, to selfishness, to pride, etc. or whether it is to the spirit, to sacrificial love, to the betterment of others.  Our dreams can be part of the spiritual sowing when we are in the center of God’s will and when we make Him a part of our dreams and ensure that our dreams are ones that fit within the purpose of God’s greater plan for humanity.  For instance, if you have a talent such as painting or singing or even repairing cars or cooking, such skills and talents can easily fit within God’s greater plan for the betterment of humanity since all skills and talents are necessary for a well-rounded community or church, etc.  The way God works and the way He creates us individually, there is room at the table for every single one of us and our unique personalities and talents.  God is very generous and is infinitely creative in designing each one of us.   We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” regardless of our abilities or lack of abilities, etc.  Each of us, regardless of our circumstances, talents, challenges, has a unique mission for this world which is indispensable for God’s greater plans for humanity.  God “does not make junk” as some wise person has said. 


I pray that you will find your unique contribution to the world and that you will have courage to pursue your dreams with God's help. 
 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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