this is from Pete Wilson from Cross point church in Nashville:
The point is, there is overwhelming evidence that pursuing a God-given dream—whatever the dream may be—is guaranteed to bring you up against opposition. That opposition can come from many sources: naysayers and critics, well-meaning friends and family members, negative circumstances, and, most of all, from the fear in your own mind.
When we start facing disappointments, setbacks, bad news, or what have you, one of our first reactions is usually to say to ourselves something like this: Hey, I thought I was doing God’s will! What’s the deal with all these trials and tribulations? God, how about a little support here? Whaddya say?
Our confidence in pursuing our passion is all too often overwhelmed by a riptide of fear and doubt.
Let me share this truth with you: the bigger the dream, the bigger the fight you’ll face. In fact, the people throughout history who have been the most directly in the center of God’s will for their lives are the same people who have gone through the toughest trials.
So, it seems we can safely conclude that if we are expecting the universe to lavish approval on us for following our dreams, we are destined to disillusionment. Chasing a dream is no job for an approval junkie.
The dreams in your heart are no accident; they were put there by God. Fight fear and take one step (even if it’s a small one) closer to them today.
Gratitude doesn’t come naturally. Self-pity does. Choose gratitude.
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