Are You Ready?
So many people today are living far below their God-given potential. They’ve put their dreams on hold because of past disappointments or setbacks. They’ve settled where they are, still hoping that one day, something will happen. They let the days slip by, all the while harboring their dreams silently in their hearts.
But God did not create us to live this way. We were never meant to just go through the motions of life. We were not meant to just survive; we were meant to thrive. We were born to pursue our dreams and see those dreams fulfilled! However, it’s not going to just automatically happen; we have to do our part. The Bible says that faith without works is dead. In other words, we have to step out and do something if we’re going to see our dreams fulfilled. We have to prepare ourselves and be ready for the open doors God sets before us. We have to take action if we truly want to see those dreams and desires come to pass.
When I was a young girl in elementary school, I had a shy personality, yet I always felt like there was something big on the inside of me. I was a dreamer with a vivid imagination. When it came time for the fifth-grade school play, I really wanted the lead role; however, I didn’t step up to make my teacher aware of it. The day came for the teacher to announce who would play the lead, and of course, she didn’t pick me, the shy girl; instead, she picked one of my classmates. Naturally, I was disappointed, but even back then, I was filled with hope and imagined that somehow the little girl wouldn’t be able to play the role after all. Perhaps she would have to go out of town with her family, and there I would be, standing in the wings when my “big moment” would come. The teacher would have to pick me after all.
Yes, in my mind, I dreamed of getting the big part, and although it never happened, I rehearsed that scenario over and over in my mind, wishing that I could play the lead.
Years later, I realized that although I had been dreaming about playing the lead, I didn’t take action. I didn’t rehearse the lines or memorize the scenes. I didn’t stay after school for the voluntary practices. Sure, I desired to play the role, but I certainly wasn’t preparing for it. Had the teacher called on me, I wouldn’t have been ready to walk through that door of opportunity. Being filled with hope and expectation is a great place to start, but it’s also a poor place to stop.
How often do we “sit in the wings” of life, wishing we were doing more, believing that we have more in us, waiting for our big moment? Yet, if opportunity were to knock on our door, we might not even be ready. If you are really believing and expecting for big things to happen, you have to put action behind your faith and live your life ready to make the most of every opportunity. I’ve heard it said that success happens when preparation meets opportunity. That’s why it is important to use and develop your gifts and talents so when opportunity presents itself, you will have the confidence to walk through that open door.
Today, think about some of the things you can do to prepare yourself to take hold of a dream. Do you desire to change careers? Maybe you need to take some classes or find a mentor in that field. Do you desire to be married or improve your marriage relationship? Be the best “you” that you can be. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally so you can offer strength to your relationships. Be faithful with what’s in your hand, and God will bless it. Put action behind your faith and get ready because He is going to open up doors of opportunity before you!
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26 NKJV)
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