Wouldn’t it be great if pursuing our dream was all sunshine and roses? If whatever we tried worked out just as planned? If whatever we used to measure forward progress looked more like this
If you’ve worked at your dream for any amount of time, you know that while there may be easy days or seasons, there are also times when dreams feel more like sweat and toil, nothing works out like planned and forward progress is measured in fractions or even negative numbers.
When our dreams wear us out, it’s easy to doubt and wonder if we are really doing what we are supposed to do … what God has called us to do. I was feeling it on a recent rainy afternoon. I was restless and unsure. I had no plan and no inspiration. As I sat at my desk, knowing I needed some Jesus time and not sure where to turn, I came across a little blue notebook.
This notebook is not really a journal, although I have written out some of my thoughts in it. It’s not a planner, although I’ve outlined some plans in it. It’s really just a collection of notes and ideas from a variety of studies, books, conferences and webinars over the last couple of years. It holds scribbled words from Compel, Propel, Catalyst and a host of other random stuff I experienced along the way.
As I flipped through the notebook, I realized how much God has pumped in to me. I had just forgotten most of it. Between the multi-colored lines, God spoke direction, motivation and inspiration. If you are in your own dream funk, let these words seep into your heart and see if they lead you from worn out to energized again.
God gets me. Jesus actually likes me … He didn’t merely deliver me, but wholeheartedly delights in me. ~ Lisa Harper, A Perfect Mess.
Love the fear. If you ever want to do something of significance, you have to learn to love the sick, tense feeling in your belly instead of hate it. ~ Jennie Allen
Most people quit right before the inflection point. The prize goes to the people who are sticking with it. ~ Michael Hyatt
You ask God to do signs, miracles and wonders, but you refuse to put yourself where you need one. ~ Christine Caine
If your dream is so small that you don’t need a team, your dream is too small. ~ Jeff Goins
You can’t press on from a place of exhaustion, comparison, disappointment or apathy. ~ Christine Caine
God has called you to do something that has never been done before. So stop looking around. ~Lisa Bevere
Your soul is healthiest when it comes back frequently and wholeheartedly to God. ~Judah Smith, How’s Your Soul?
I’ve never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you will trust in God. ~Mother Teresa
Think about where your heart is centered. Gifts are about what you are. Heart is about how you will use the gifts. ~Lisa Allen
Your story is not the story. It is God’s story and God’s story is always about transformation. ~ Lysa TerKeurst
There is no failure. There is only learning. If it doesn’t work, re-tool, re-shape, learn from it and do it again. ~ Michael Hyatt
Don’t find time, as though it is hiding. Schedule time. ~ Renee Swope
Good stuff, huh? Which one spoke to you? How can you use it to get out of your dream funk?