I started this blog exactly one year ago today! (*insert me smiling like a mad lady at my computer and squealing*) It’s been fun, at times a little disheartening and draining, but ultimately, so, so fulfilling. So today I thought I’d share a little something on perseverance and sticking with our dreams and goals.
Honestly, when it comes to walking with God, there’s a good chance He’s going to lay some big dreams on our hearts. Why? Because He’s the God of the universe, and nothing is too intimidating for Him!
Sure, it might be scary for us, and we might question why God wants us to do that. I mean, doesn’t He understand how impossible that is?
But that’s where we need to tell ourselves to stop and let God take over. Sure, it probably is impossible by our human means, but if we sit back and trust God, anything is possible! He created the universe, so He can definitely give us whatever we may need to pursue whatever dream or goal He’s laid on our hearts.
So, here are a few tips on sticking with projects/goals/dreams even when the going gets tough:
1. Remind yourself why you’re doing it.
I’m a writer, and my lifetime dream is to be a published author, to hopefully one day make a career out of it. Needless to say, pursuing such a dream can get disheartening at times. But when I see other writers succeed – especially writers I’ve watched persevere through the years – getting agents, signing book contracts, and finally seeing their book in print, it fills me with this huge sense of joy and elation. It reminds me why I wanted to be a writer in the first place.
So, before you get bogged down with all the obstacles you’re having to cross, remind yourself why you even set out to run this race in the first place.
2. (Re)dedicate it to God.
I find that it’s incredibly easy for me to get so caught up in my new shiny ideas and in what the publishing market wants that I often forget Who it is I’m writing for. When I forget that I’m writing for God and that without glorifying Him, it’s all for nothing, then it can be far easier to become disheartened.
If we’re doing anything without the power of Christ behind us, it’s all for naught. Like I mentioned above, these hard things very well might be impossible for us. But they are not impossible for God.
Which is why, if you haven’t yet or if you haven’t in a while, dedicate this project to God. Remind yourself that you’re doing all this for His glory, because He set this dream on your heart, and He gave you the skills and passion to pursue it.
3. Relinquish control.
It seems that pretty much everything in life comes down to this. I talked a few weeks ago about reaching goals, and this topic came up there, too.
That’s because we simply can’t do it on our own strength. 1 Peter 4:10-11 talks about using the gifts God has given us, but Peter includes one crucial statement: “Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies” (NLT).
When we try to do things on our own, we will fail, but if we sit back and trust God to do what only He can do, we’re setting ourselves up for success. This is so hard for me to do, as I want to think that I can control everything. (Spoiler alert: I can’t.) But it’s what we all must do as followers of Christ.
I hope this post was of some encouragement to anyone who might be struggling to finish a project or reach a goal.