Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Time will pass anyway. Earl Nightengale

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A few years ago (okay, more than a few) as I was talking to coworkers and friends while I was starting on college classes in order to obtain my bachelors degree and go to medical school I heard more times than I can remember, “That will take at least 8 years. Do you know how old you will be in 8 years if you go to medical school?” Well, my response was, “The same age I will be in 8 years if I don’t go to school.” There were some who were very supportive, but others that were not supportive, maybe due to concern for me or out of jealousy, that I don’t know. But, there were some who did try to discouraging me from pursuing my education.

While it is true that it would (did) take 8 years to get my bachelor’s degree and finish medical school and yes, that is a long time, it is also true that had I not done it I would have had frustration with myself when that 8 years was up if I didn’t put the effort into it. Now, 20 years after graduating medical school the time and effort was worth it.

How many times have I, or others, NOT done things because it would take too much time, it will be a week, a month, a year, several years……but then complained, at least to themselves for not doing it. There are a lot of things that take time but if one has a dream, giving up on a dream because of the effort and time required only causes frustration in the long run. And, if the dream remains, it only delays what one needs to do to achieve that goal. And, my life has shown me that the really good things do not come easily and require a lot more effort while those things that come easily, are rarely as good as the things one works harder to obtain. I know personally, I don’t appreciate what comes to me easily, but if it is something that requires effort, I value it much more.

And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.   2 Samuel 24:24

Sometimes, God puts a dream or vision in our minds to do something and sometimes that thing will require a lot of dedication and hard work. Some will start down a path then give up soon after starting, not wanting to devote the time required because it will take too long. Others will start and part way through, sometimes very near the finish line, they give up not willing to put forth anymore effort. God uses goals and dreams to test our determination. Sadly, some fail the test.

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

He wants us to remain steadfast and true, as dedicated to Him as He is to us. He wants us to strive to win and once we have our sights on something He does not want us to surrender and quit and that we fight for what we believe Christ has instructed us to do.

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

God puts dreams, wishes and aspirations into our hearts and minds so that we can accomplish things for His glory. He does so to test our faith, to help us become stronger in that faith and trust in Him to see us through all He set before us. He doesn’t want us to give up on something because it isn’t easy. He wants us to learn the value of working hard, for Him, for ourselves and for others. He tries to teach us patience by making some things more difficult and making us wait. All those things help us become better Christians and better servants for Jesus. He wants us to lean on Him when things appear too difficult for us, when it appears that things are not possible due to the effort and time it will take and when we feel weak. Christ will strengthen us, all we need to do is seek Him and ask for His help.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.   Mark 10:27

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

Lord, I thank You for helping me stay the course to reach the goals You put in my heart in the past and for helping me see the finish line and purpose for running various races in my life. I praise You for teaching me patience and dedication. I thank You for showing me other goals to help me be a better person and better Christian and servant. I pray You use my efforts to better glorify Jesus and the sacrifice He made for my forgiveness. That You keep me strong as I follow You and help me to become worthy of all You have done for me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help others see that regardless of the difficulty we see, all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. That You will give us the strength and dedication to finish that which you put before us and keep us in Your arms to make all things possible. Help us all see the true plan You have for us.

Amen

 

Thank to all for your time today. I hope You have a great day and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else.

 

 

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The Race Track

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The office area I am working in is shared by several people, kind of a big open area with desks scattered here and there. Well, as you can imagine, sometimes one hears conversations they aren’t actually involved in. Today, I over hear a couple guys talking about the race track near here. Something about a big race in a week or two. Well, I ain’t no race fan. Watching noisy cars go around a big oval track just doesn’t seem like fun to me. But, to each his own, if they like it, then good for them. As they continued talking about it I remembered when I was about 5 my brother and I getting a race car set for Christmas, the old slot car track, with a groove in the track and a little bar thing under the car that if operated correctly, keeps it on the right part of the track . Well, thinking about that, I got to thinking how my dad and his nephew (only about 3 or 4 years younger than my dad) were so busy playing it that my brother and I hardly had a chance. For those unfamiliar with them, there is a control that one uses to adjust the speed, and one is supposed to speed up in the straight parts, but slow down at the curves. Well, John did not like slowing and he kept it full speed as he approached a curve. AND……the car jumped track. He lost that time and they started again and again, John wouldn’t slow down. Over and over this happened, and, as I was thinking about that, it sort of made me think about how sometimes, I have been so focused on something that I even though I had the things available to keep me on the track, I tried too hard to rush this or that, or decided I was not going to do exactly as I knew I should do and jumped track. In this case, if we repent, ask for forgiveness and try, God will give us a do over, pick us up, put us back on the track and as long as we allow the equipment (spiritually prayer, study of His word, and effort to live properly) we will stay on the track and finish the race.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalms 16:11

 

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.   Psalms 25:4

Yeah, I need to ease up on the controls and let him guide me.

 

More thinking, cause well, my mind looks for connections, this day and age with all the remote controlled cars, etc I got to thinking about them, then about a small drone I received for Christmas a couple years ago. Now, no safety like the slot cars, but when used properly the remote can make it do most anything. IF the operator knows how. The other thing with it is that if the operator is kinda doing ok, but then, lets things go a little too far, the drone can get out of range of the remote and then there is NO CONTROL over what it does. Usually that meant continuing on the path it was on and unless wind affected it or the battery ran out of power, it could go a long ways, no control, just drifting off on its own path, no real purpose, just going alone until it runs out of power and crashes. Some have safeties that bring them back to the remote when the power gets too low, or will turn them if they move out of range, mine isn’t that fancy. I had been messing with it enough that I felt sort of confident, a little too much so, and as I was flying it, it got out of range, I watched it go over the trees in the fence line and keep going. Then, my son in law and I had to go try to find it. Looked and looked and right when I was about to give up, he said, “There it is” well, it was over 1/4 mile away, in the CRP grass, the stuff they don’t cut to help with water and soil conservation, THICK, TALL grass and weeds.

Well, thinking on how hard I looked for that drone that had gotten out of range, no control on itself other than to keep flying until it got to the point it could fly no more, made me realize that I too had done that. The process was slow, I drifted further from THE Controller and eventually, would not respond when He tried to bring me back into range. SO, He allowed me to run out of power. But, the best part is then, when it seemed hopeless to me that I could be found, He kept looking. He wanted to take me back, recharge my batteries and then use me for His intended purpose.

 

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalms 119:176

 

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

 

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.   I Peter 2:25

 

I have at times, lost my grip on the slot and jumped the track. But, like my dad and cousin with the race track, He picked me up, dusted me off and put me back on track and gave me a do over. I got to restart my race when I accepted Christ as the Son of God who died for my sins, Confessed those sins to Him and He redeemed me. Praise God that He is so loving and merciful.

And, I exceeded my range, got too far from Him so I was flying on my own. I was that lost sheep, lost in the fields, no power of my own to get myself back where I belong. But He came looking for me and brought me back into the fold. WHAT A MIGHTY AND CARING GOD WE SERVE.

Dear Lord,  I am so in awe of You and Your majesty. I am so very thankful that You care for me so much that You will give me the chance everyday to start my race over, that all the times I got off track are forgiven and that when I got lost and drifted from You that You did not give up on me. I thank Christ for coming to find me when I was lost and that He brought me back to the fold and into Your grace and mercy. I praise You for being a forgiving God that cared so much that He sent His Son to be crucified, raised Him from the grave that I may have redemption. I ask in Jesus Name that You continue to help my faith grow, that You teach me how to seek Christ and make me into the servant I need to be to glorify You. I pray You will draw the lost to You and those who know You that they know You, Your will and way for their lives.

Amen

 

I hope that this helps someone besides just me. I find so much benefit in writing these posts as it helps me better learn of His mercy, love, forgiveness and it helps me appreciate my salvation through Christ so much better. I thank all who read for taking the time to do so. Have a blessed day, and as my friend always said he did, try to be a blessing to at least one person every day.