Thursday, January 4, 2018

Don't Let The Dream Die

"Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.  Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)

People often make some kind of resolution at the start of a New Year.  Sometimes these resolutions are people just having a "spur of the moment" idea about doing something, but a New Year's resolution can come from a desire that a person has had for some time.  During the previous calendar year, someone may have noticed a certain thing that they want to change, or it could be that the resolution comes from a dream that someone has had for a long time.  The saddest thing is that like many other dreams and desires, people often give up on their New Year's resolutions and the dream fades away.

New Year's resolutions are not necessarily life-changing, but they are an example of how most people have hopes and dreams for things in their life improving and getting better each year.  But, some people have had hopes and dreams in the past that never materialized, so those people give up on their dreams.  Some people have had a dream or desire to accomplish something that seemed to be too far off, so those goals were abandoned and they too let go of the dream they once had.  Whether it is some natural thing, or more importantly, a desire to do something for God, there are things we can do to make our dream a reality.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 gives us good guidelines for what to do when we have a dream.  First, we are told to write down the vision, our dream.  We need to clarify exactly what we hope to achieve and consider what steps we should take to bring it to pass.  Secondly, we need to exercise patience and hold on to our dream no matter how long it seems to take.  In my own life, there have been dreams that I was sure were going to come to pass in a short amount of time that ended up taking much longer.  By having a plan for our dream, being persistent, and following God's direction for our life, we can see our dreams come to pass..

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