Sometimes it's so hard to simply keep your faith alive. It's so difficult to keep your enthusiasm alive. This world seems to fight against dreamers. It fights against those who have vision and great destiny. I remember crying every week when I first started doing ministry. Every week it seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong. My worst fears were realized. I decided I was going to quit. I was going to walk away from what I believed to be my calling & my vision. I went home and I stopped. LISTEN TO ME! I stopped! I quit. I was done.
To anyone who has quit I can understand why. I can understand the pain that is associated with giving your all and still ending up with nothing. Dealing with the disappointments of shattered dreams and beat up hopes. This message is for you. To those of you who have quit or are thinking about quitting this is for you.
It wasn't until a couple of months had passed that I was scheduled to preach at a church and I had been studying Jeremiah 20 (If you haven't read it check it out). I was drawn into the frustrations of Jeremiah, "God you brought me out here and left me here. How can I feel good about this? I'm done with this." As I read the chapter I felt his frustration and anguish. I felt his anger & pain, but I kept reading. . . Jeremiah says "But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones!" How could I be so broken and yet still can not stop speaking about this "God"? How could I be so disappointed and yet still not stop proclaiming His power? Somehow I could I identify with this part of the chapter as well. It was MY calling. Not just my calling, but my purpose.
What I didn't realize is, when I decided to quit I wasn't quitting on God but I was quitting on myself. I was walking away from MY TRUE purpose in life and settling for mediocrity. In quitting I was quitting the journey that would ultimately lead to being the best version of me that I could be. I was walking away from my own success story, but Jeremiah reminded me that there is more inside of me than how I felt at the time.
I'm here to remind you of what you have inside of you. You have to learn to believe again. The journey isn't supposed to be easy. Only the ones who deserve success reach success. The road is difficult for everyone, but what separates the success stories from the unsuccessful stories are the people who are able to keep believing. If you have quit your dream or vision it's time to get back to it! You may have to change a few things & re-arrange a few things but your vision is worth it! Stop complaining and start making adjustments. Write your goals and your vision and make plans to reach them. Yes it's going to hurt & no it's not going to be easy but I guarantee it's worth it. Don't just settle to be like everybody else. Your vision is YOUR vision & if you don't believe in it how are others going to believe in it? You show people how to react to your vision by the intensity you bring to it. Don't stop, keep believing, keep praying, keep working. It will happen! I can't tell you when but I'm telling you I know it will happen.
If you aren't where you want to be in your life then you have more work to do. Your life is the perfect reflection of the hard work or lack of work that you put into it.
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