Wow! Look how far you’ve made it. You’re down to the very last element of making your dreams come true.
Remember, though, you need to apply all of these principles, make them a way of life. I hope you’ve already started with the first six. Keep in mind, they aren’t a lineup that takes turns; they are a team that work together.
“Work” being the key word there, as well as the subject of our finale:
For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, but a fool’s voice is known by a multitude of words. Ecclesiastes 5:3
Most modern translations indicate this verse is simply saying that if we think on something too much it will cause us to drift into daydreaming or have nightmares. Worrying about something will result in sleepless, reckless nights.
I don’t doubt those interpretations, they are true. But that is not the revelation that exploded in me one day as I read it. God spoke to me more in line with the wording found in the Amplified Version, “For a dream comes with much business and painful effort.”
If you want your dreams to come true, you have to work. Success isn’t going to fall into your lap while you sit on the sofa watching television or sleep half your day away. Rest and relaxation are necessary for our wellbeing, but laziness is never found blessed or successful in the word of God.
When laziness is mentioned in Scripture it is accompanied with starvation and ruin. Consider just a few:
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 2 Thessalonians 3:10
I passed by a lazy person’s field, the vineyard belonging to a person without sense. I saw that it was all overgrown with thistles. The ground was covered with weeds, and its stone fence was torn down. When I observed this, I took it to heart. I saw it and learned my lesson. “Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap.” Then your poverty will come like a drifter, and your need will come like a bandit. Proverbs 24:30-34 (GW)
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11, 12
Not only does laziness not profit anything, it results in loss. Look again at Hebrews 6:12. Don’t be lazy. Follow those who do just the opposite – who diligently work. The people to be followed were obviously hard workers because they were contrasted to the slothful.
And what happened to the workers? They coupled that labor with faith and patience. They never stopped believing and they persevered with joyful expectation (definition of patience in Greek lexicon) until they inherited the promise.
This is a good place to reiterate that all of the principles discussed in this series have to be working together. We addressed faith and perseverance, continuing to trust God and move forward to the end result even when problems arise and the road seems long. This Scripture now links those two principles to hard work.
The result? The people inherited their promise.
Dreams came true.
How hard and how long you will have to work will depend on several factors. The dream you are pursuing, how many other people affect the outcome, how much support you start off with, and how well you are operating within the principles God established for success – all of these and others will come into play. Regardless, you are going have to exert yourself if you want to succeed.
Some of the spiritual aspects alone will require effort. It’s not always easy to think about what we’re thinking about and renew our minds. Overcoming mindsets of failure and inadequacy can be laborious, especially if they’ve been imbedded us for a long time.
If we’re the emotional, vocal type, we have to work hard at thinking before we speak until our mind has been completely renewed to make sure we are speaking only what God has to say.
If we think our life is supposed to be like the drive-thru at Burger King where we can have everything our way and it better be quick, more effort will be required to learn patience and perseverance.
Those efforts result in a bonus for us, though, because they affect every aspect of our lives from the smallest issue to the greatest. Our lives are immensely better and far less stressful when we trust God and keep our thoughts, words, and attitudes in line with His.
Aside from the spiritual aspects, there is all sorts of work that may be required. You may need to take some classes or pick up a hammer and tie a nail bag around your waist.
Your lifestyle may change as you discipline yourself to achieve goals and reach milestones along the way that cause opposition from friends or family.
Long hours and sacrifice just might be the path to your finish line.
And, you probably won’t enjoy every task along the way. I can attest to that.
A new writer doesn’t get to just write. They have to read, to learn, to promote, to submit, to study the market, to proof and edit and edit and proof. While they’re doing all this they’re usually working a job to support themselves.
When all they really want to do is write.
Over time the work pays off and, in many cases gets lighter. People are brought in to help or the classes are complete and the career underway. The name and reputation of the new company spreads bringing in new clients and easing the financial load.
The work will never end, but in many aspects it will get easier. A lot of effort goes into building a good car. With the laborious and costly work finished, continued maintenance and repair keeps that car operating smoothly and properly.
It’s pretty much like that with anything in our lives.
We can’t afford to get lazy once we see the dream come to pass, and we can’t take for granted that we have arrived so it’s eat, drink, and be merry from now on. But like a proud parent of a new baby, we understand that taking care of that which God brought to life for us is no burden compared to the joy it brings.
God engraves dreams in our hearts in different ways. We see a need and long to help meet that need. We realize from an early age we have a flair for a certain art or a giftedness in business. Maybe we have a fascination for architecture or flight or science and know our future is embedded somewhere in that field. Sometimes He just softly speaks, “I want you to do this.”
How He planted that dream in your heart is not the topic of this writing. Nor is what your dream might be.
The dream He has given you may or may not be directly related to ministry as we think ministry. It might be family related or occupational, it might be in the area of sports or government affairs. It may be to see your own family restored in the bond of godliness and love.
If God has given you the dream, it will serve its proper role in ministering to others.
It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you know it’s from God. Forget how big or small it might be in the eyes of man, God doesn’t have any insignificant or unimportant works or plans.
The new church I told you about at the very beginning of this series? Well, to some it would seem as not much at all. It is small in comparison to many. As a matter of fact, it could likely fit in the foyer of many a grand church buildings today, seating only about 150 people. But for us it was huge. He established that vision in the heart of a widowed woman pastor with a small congregation of people, most of which were on lower or fixed incomes.
For us to build a new building at that time was as likely as a finch building a nest to accommodate a family of eagles.
It was our dream, and it came to pass.
Dreams do come true, but it takes effort on our part.
Isn’t your dream worth it?
Please remember, God wants you to succeed. He didn’t create any of us to fail.
On the contrary, He equipped us with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the Holy Spirit within us, more powerful than anything or anyone in this world (1 John 4:4). Furthermore, we have access to every resource in and from Heaven (Luke 15:31), which is far more than we need to accomplish our God-given goals.
That is not a combination for failure.
Since putting this knowledge to work in my life, a few of my own dreams have come true. Now I am pursuing some greater ones. Little by little they are also coming to pass.
So, my friend, can yours.
Go back through the posts. Read the principles. Digest them. Put them into practice. Here they are again as a simple list:
- Dream. Your dream can’t come true until you have one. It’s in there…seek God to find out what it is then set it free regardless of what anyone else says or does.
- Have faith in God. All things are possible to them that believe (Mark 9:23)
- Persevere. Remember the age old adage, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”
- Be led by the Spirit. There is no problem God doesn’t have a creative solution for. It may seem totally ridiculous in the natural, just the opposite of what a wise person would do. But remember, the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Trust God to know what He’s doing, and follow His lead.
- Guard your mind. In so doing, we guard our heart, and as we think in our heart so are we (Proverbs 23:7). Change the way you think. Replace every negative, hindering thought with promises and counsel and encouragement from the Word of God. Your thought life is vital to your success.
- Speak only Life and Victory. The power of death and life is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Hold fast the confession of your hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
- Work Hard. Dreams come true through much business and painful effort (Ecclesiastes 5:3).
Add more knowledge as you journey. And never, ever quit.
If you have any questions or comments, by all means contact me. I certainly don’t know everything, but I know the One who does. I would love to hear from you.
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture references are from the Authorized King James Version.
Scripture marked GW is taken from GOD’S WORD®, © 1995 God’s Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group.