By Daniel Francis
God has granted us this amazing ability to be able to dream. We all have a dream. It is such a normal occurrence to us that we do not realise that God shows us His vision for us through these dreams.
What is your dream? Maybe it is to be a doctor, build houses in a foreign country, or help mould lives as a teacher. It could be more fundamental dreams like providing adequately for your family and helping your community.
Whatever the dreams may be they typically bring us to a place of betterment that we yearn for. Have you ever noticed that we could see the dream but have no idea what the specific experience to get there will be?
Granted we can plan as much as we want but the map we design will never identically match the actual terrain we will have to traverse to get from where we are now to that final vision.
God does not show us the full plan on purpose because if we knew the specific hardships we would experience, we may have second thoughts about chasing that dream or vision.
Imagine if God had given Peter the vision and the plan all at the beginning when he was Simon the fisherman. Would he have still followed Him?
Yes, Peter would have seen that he would become the rock upon which the Church was built, and he was also given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven from the vision, but he would have also seen the many hardships.
The disciples hidden away after Jesus was crucified, the fear and uncertainty, how he denied Jesus three times publicly, and how he would eventually die being crucified upside down.
If we had time to intimately sit and ruminate on the trials and tribulations of the plan, understandably, we may falter in following it.
I remember when God implanted the idea for my first book, The Millennial Mind, into my head. All I could think about was how many people my book would help, and the growth it would bring to myself and my business.
I could see myself making it a reality. I thank God that I did not also, at that moment, get a clear picture of the experience of executing my plan because if I had, I may not have wanted to go forward.
If I was aware of the long hours spent cooped up writing, the great self-doubt that came with writing, the lack of support from some that I trusted the most, the great difficulty of trying to get my book out there when Covid-19 unexpectedly came to our shores and the sheer anxiety that came with the combination of all those factors, who knows if I would have went along with publishing my book.
To become the person that can achieve that future vision or dream, we must become more than we are currently. We must undergo a slew of development to become that future person and there is no growing in comfort.
God knows this so He puts challenges and hardship in our path to help us grow. He also knows we may turn away from intentional hardships, hence Him not sharing the clear plan.
So, if you are currently unhappy where you are, do not worry: it is part of God’s plan. If you have made many mistakes and feel like there is no way out, do not worry it is part of God’s plan.
Know that this is part of your plan, your journey towards the future vision that He has prepared for you. God never gives us more than we can handle even though in the moment it might feel like it is too much or overwhelming.
Achieving your dreams calls for preparation – mental, physical, and spiritual preparation to handle what will come of God’s plan. Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
God needs to know that we are fully prepared to commit and put in the necessary work so He can lay out the plan for us to achieve the vision He has for us.
Pray for strength and guidance to overcome all the hardships put in your path so that you can develop into the person you need to be in the future to achieve your dreams, and to achieve God’s vision for you.
Daniel Francis is a millennial helping other millennials. He is a two-time author of the books The Millennial Mind and The Millennial Experience, and an entrepreneur. Over the past four years, he has served as a Personal Development Coach whose work targets Millennials and helps them tap into their full potential. He is also a Self-publishing coach and has guided hundreds on self-publishing their book successfully.
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