This past weekend I decided to flip through some old journals and quickly noticed a recurring theme throughout. Almost every year I wrote about a particular dream that God placed on my heart years ago as a teenager.
As I read journal after journal, I realized here I am at the start of a new year and I have yet to accomplish that dream.
Interestingly enough, I encouraged others in the past to face their fears and move forward, but failed to follow my advice. In 2013, I told my readers to “Do It Afraid!” In 2014, I told my readers, “What Are You Waiting For: The Time Is Now.”
When I wrote both posts, I had this particular dream in mind. With each year, I hovered around the start line, ran a lap or two, but never finished the race.
With each year, FEAR held me back and DISTRACTIONS kept me busy. I became distracted doing “good” things, and did not finish the “God” thing I was supposed to do.
The distractions were just an excuse not to admit that the fear of failure really kept me from trusting God and moving forward.
I can continue to allow FEAR or “False Evidence Appearing Real” to stop me, or I can overcome FEAR and “Forget Everything And Run” towards my dream and finish the race.
Thank God, it is not how you start the race, but how you finish it. I watched several footballs games recently where a losing team came back in the last quarter and won the game.
For many of you it is a new year, which means time to set new resolutions and goals. However, for me it is the fourth quarter. It is time to finish what I started years ago. It is time to finish strong!
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must. But take the step!”
I may not be there yet, but I am ONE STEP closer than I was yesterday!
I pray someone out there who placed a dream on the shelf to collect dust, will “forget all the reasons why it will not happen, and believe the one reason why it will.”
For me, that one reason is – God said it, so I will do it!