“I am too old to start this project now,” “I don’t feel capable to do this.”
Lost hope and dreams? Has life taken such a toll on you that you have lost hope for your dreams and visions to being fulfilled? Do you feel that you are in such a deep hole that you can’t climb out?
It was my dream to be a teacher and to get a master’s degree, I wanted to go as high as I could. I didn’t want to have the regret of not doing it later on. But when I failed the Miller Analogies Test, I lost my self-confidence and the hope of getting a master’s degree.
“If I didn’t do well on this test, I won’t be able to do well in the next test,” I thought to myself.
The failure triggered memories of my SAT scores and made me lack confidence that I couldn’t accomplish this. I felt like a failure.
My college professor told me to press on and study in a different way.
“Don’t disqualify yourself just because you didn’t passed this test. You have to learn the procedure of analysis which you are not used to,” he said.
He sat down with me and gave me practical study ways. I did the Miller Analogies Test a second time round, and I passed! I qualified for the Master’s program, and I was awarded a fellowship for a master’s program in special education at California State University.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12, NET.
When God gives a dream or a vision, He gives us everything we need to make it happen. We don’t have to let present pain drive out our future dreams or allow past failures stop us from walking into our destiny.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11, NIVUK.
In 2 Kings 6:5-7, someone lost a borrowed axe head in the water. Elisha the prophet asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. He told the man to retrieve his axe head.
Go back to where you lost that dream. Ask yourself:
1. Where did I loose the dream?
2. What was going on in my life around this time?
3. Take practical steps to reactivate that dream.
Father, I thank You that You give Your children dreams and assignment that are bigger than ourselves. Help me to uncover why I put down my dream. Lord, help me deal with the pain associated with the loss of my dream. I thank You that dreams are never lost in You. Show me what practical steps I can take this week to reactivate my dream. Thank you that everyday is a new start in You.
In Jesus Name. Amen.