I once read a Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes and it gave me lots to think about as a kid. Like really, what happens? Does it really dry up, or maybe it sags. Needless to say, I don’t want my dreams to be deferred. It is my desire that the dreams you and I have will take off and become a reality. Below are 10 priorities to put wings to the dreams you have:
Prayer – God honors our dependence upon Him, therefore spend time soaking your thoughts and dreams in prayer. In spending time with Him, our desires are literally affected by His. In essence, His desires become our dreams.
Picture It – Often we spend so much of our energy focusing on the things we don’t want to do. How about utilizing your energy focusing on what you want to do instead?
Positivity – All things begin with a willing mind. Change your perspective in how you see things and watch how it opens the flow of your productivity.
Planning – Preparation enhances your chances for success. If Jesus tells us to count up the cost, then proper preparation prevents poor performance.
Persistence – Talent is what you are born with, but skills are what you spend persistent hours perfecting. Many people are talented but lack in skill. Spend consistent time perfecting your craft and watch how your gifts make room for you.
Promoting – Learn how to articulate and sell yourself without being overbearing or cocky. In order for people to see the greatness you provide you must put yourself in a position to be seen. “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matt. 5:15). What value will you bring your generation if no one knows who you are and what you can offer?
Play time – Find time to enjoy the fruit of your labors along the way. The fitness world has a term called “Cheat meals” (I actually like to say Reward Meals, because I am rewarding good practice and not cheating on them). These meals allow you an opportunity to avoid potential pitfalls and burn out. In the same manner, we should enjoy the fruits of our labor to help avoid burn out.
Patience – It takes time for your dreams to come to past, therefore remain patient and committed to endurance.
Praise – Praise God along the way that the dream is already fulfilled. We should also be sure to praise others and be sure to not overly criticize those who help.
Pride – If nobody else will, believe in yourself. God has uniquely gifted each of us with what we need, in order to do what He has called us to accomplish. Be proud of who you are and remember, “no one can do what you do like you do it.”
What are your dreams? How can we pray for you?
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