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Pursue your dreams
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I celebrate when someone captures an understanding that sets him free from frustration and launches him into journey toward purpose and destiny.
The concept of such a journey, from a macro perspective is vast. But every journey is completed in increments, particularly the journey of life. As long as an individual pursues God, He will take that individual through experiences, the sum of which becomes the path of their life.
While the reality of this process is real, the pain and aggravation it sometimes produces is equally real. I have found that most of this pain and aggravation is generally from a lack of understanding. That is why God has made it clear in His word that certain things are vital to our spiritual, emotional and natural life.
Vision is one of those vital aspects. Proverbs 29:18 states: “Where there is no vision (or revelation) the people perish (or cast of restraint).” It is widely taught that vision is a picture of your desired future. This is true, but is only a part of the picture. Vision is seeing yourself from God’s perspective. It is who you are as God designed you — alpha and omega, beginning to end. If you limit vision to just what is in front of you, you never fully recognize your complete path of life. Vision must include the entire picture.
The picture of the desired future is really a dream or a goal. It is the part God naturally created in man to give him an objective to achieve. There are many people with a picture of their future who perish because they have little desire to face their life now. They have a desire to “make it big” but will not embrace the discipline that will ensure their success. They have a dream but no vision!
A dream is only as powerful as its pursuer. A person can declare that dream all day long. If he is unwilling to pursue that dream, it will evade him forever. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Proverbs 13:12) That verse also goes, “...but when desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
God gives you a dream to motivate you toward the future he designed. But, you must pursue the dream. To succeed, you must think success.
To think success does not mean daydream about your future. To think success means to pursue your dream. You must develop the practice of thinking about the success of that dream as it pertains to your immediate life. When you are about to make a purchase, whether it is a car or a candy bar, you must think of the effect that action will have on the outcome of your dream.
I encourage you to ask God to give you a clear vision of your life. Be willing to evaluate it. Ask the painful questions. Make a decision. Pursue your dream!

Byler is the senior pastor of Bethesda Church in Hinesville.
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