Every Dream has a beginning. Wondering where to start? What’s the next step?
This is the beginning of any dream and it can be confusing and hard work. You may find yourself doing things that you don’t think make any sense. You may wonder, what does this have to do with my dream?
I once heard Beth Moore say that she started out in ministry working in her church’s Mom’s Day Out program. Her heart for ministering to women started there in the day to day of caring for small children and seeing how the women in her church needed to be encouraged. She’s come a long way from the days of working in her church’s preschool.
Starting small is the prep work, the foundation.
These small beginnings are where you find out what you are made of, and realize that in order for your dream to come to fruition, you need God like your next breath.
All of our dreams are from God and realizing you have been called to something is the first step, the next, is doing something about it.
“After you know what God is asking you to do, it’s up to you to do all you can to become excellent in the area he’s asking you to pursue.” Holley Gerth, Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream Devotional
Maybe that means taking classes, getting a mentor, or a life coach to help you sort out your ideas and dreams.
These first steps are an important part of our dreams and shouldn’t be rushed.
For me, writing is something I have to continually do, even when I don’t feel like it. If I want to get better I have to write.
I’ve joined an online critique group that takes the virtual red-pen to many of my articles; this has helped me remember many of the basic writing techniques that I learned as a child in school. As a result my writing has improved.
I have bought books on writing to help me brush up on my grammar skills and I even have an amazing life coach that helps me sort out all the craziness in my head (pertaining to dreams). All of these things I could have brushed aside and said didn’t matter. But I think my writing would have suffered if I wouldn’t have taken the steps to take my craft seriously.
If you want to be good at what you are doing you must earnestly make the effort to improve your skills.
I used to falsely be under the assumption that I could pray and have faith that God would bring good things to pass, that I didn’t have to lift a finger, He would do it all. For some reason things didn’t always pan out the way I thought they would. Sure, it’s great to have faith and of course pray, but until we pair works along with it, it’s useless.
Someone might claim, “You have faith and I have action.”
But how can I see your faith apart from your actions?
Instead, I’ll show you my faith by putting it into practice in faithful action.
Do you need to be shown that faith without actions has no value at all?
In fact, his faith was made complete by his faithful actions.
So you see that a person is shown to be righteous through faithful actions and not through faith alone.
As the lifeless body is dead, so faith without actions is dead. (James 2:18, 20, 22, 24, 26)
God desires to work in us, through us, and alongside of us, but we have to do our part. <==== Tweet That
The Bible says, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5)
If we are hasty to lay the groundwork we are setting ourselves up for failure on down the road.
“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk leads to poverty.”(Proverbs 14:23)
Take the time to figure out what your first steps are. Maybe it’s enrolling in a class or reaching out to someone that has walked this path before you for guidance.
I know for me, I like to skip the hard stuff and get right to the fun part, the harvest. But as God says in his Word we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7), and if we reap with hard work and excellence we will sow a mighty harvest that will stand the test of time.
God is faithful and will do His part but we must be willing to be obedient to do ours as well.<==== Tweet That
Are you with me, friend? We can do this.
Shared by: Alecia Simersky