… I believe the answer is yes. In my walk with God, there is one thing He has taught me—it resounds in me and it drives me to achieve anything I set my mind to—the desires and dreams of my heart are not ordinary. He put them there and for a good reason. Moreover, He expects me to achieve all of them, and I can do so, if only I’m willing. He has promised that everything I need to accomplish these things have already been put inside me and my journey so far in life has done nothing but prepare me for it. If I am willing.
Yes it’s true.
Think about it. Every downside of your life or upside even, grants you knowledge about a new thing, or reminds you of an old thing while presenting it to you in a unique way, different from how you once knew it.
“Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” –James 1:2-4
Plus, you ask, is it really true that God not only puts these dreams in you, but actually expects you to achieve ALL of them?
Well, let’s see what Scripture has to say about that. Remember the Parable of the Talents?
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with two talents gained two more. But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of the servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“The man with two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents. See, I have gained two more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you haven’t sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I haven’t sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
“ ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be gnashing of teeth.’—Matthew 25:14-30
That’s right. God expects you to invest in your talents and produce fruit. And not just one, but ALL of them.
God has given some, more talents/dreams than He has given others—each according to his own ability (v. 15). Yes, if He put all those dreams in your heart, it is because He already gave you the ability to accomplish all of them.
You’re probably thinking, time is too short to achieve it all. I only have twenty-four hours in one day. Plus, this one (or two) dream I’m involved in has already taken so much time and energy. What do I do?
Or, you’re in the category of those that have all these talents. But frankly, you’re at a loss. Do you pick one and abandon the others, or two if you can manage? You don’t know. You’re not sure. You’re confused.
Whatever category you are, here’s the answer God gave me, and humbly, I give it to you: Don’t choose. You don’t have to. You can have it all, if you are willing. Probably not all at once, but at different stages of your life. It all depends on how God has planned it for you.
But first, you must realize that the wisdom to balance time with regard to your dreams and everything else in your life is beyond you. You must understand that your vision is supernatural, put there by God Himself. Trying to achieve it with logistics borne out of your human mind might not whip it. In the words of Michael Hyatt, you only have 168 hours in a week like everyone else. You cannot borrow, steal or demand any more than is your share. You’ll need to seek the great Author to accomplish a feat like achieving more than one dream in one lifetime. He has promised that if you ask for wisdom, He will give it without judging who you are. You need only be humble enough to ask.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”—James 1:5
So what are you waiting for? Get up, bounce back and dust off every one of your dreams that you’ve tossed out the window or thrown into a corner. No time to waste.
What did you say? You’re too old? Too much time is passed?
And I’ll remind you of the story of Moses at this point. It was his dream to free his people, but he abandoned it at the age of 40. God picked him up at the age of 80 and gave him 40 more years, along with good health and strength to accomplish one of the greatest feats of his time, still talked about even today. You can read about all of that in the book of Exodus.
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