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Keep God’s Dream Alive

Keep the Dream Alive
Yesterday, while I talked with a young man, we spoke about his dreams and desires to get his business up and going. A nice young man, I later found out that he had beliefs similar to mine; he understood that his desire to open a business was a dream that God had placed within his heart.
While we chatted on, he looked at me; a serious expression came across his face. “When did you know you had enough?” he asked. I stared at him, not really sure what he was asking me at first; then I understood that he was questioning me about leaving my long time career, security, and everything I knew for so many years.
“When did I know it was time to leave insurance?” I asked him. I wanted to make sure we were talking about the same thing.
“Yes,” he said to me; Tom said nothing else, and his face grew distant as if he were deep in thought.
“You know Tom,” I said to him, “I always thought I would retire in the industry and stay with the agency I was working in until that time; but one day, I realized I hated the job.”
“Yes, I know how you felt,” he said.
“But at the same time, I was working with my hubby on doing small movie shorts, and scripts, and God put in my heart to write,” I told him. Tom shook his head up and down.
“I feel the same about my business,” he said sadly.
Of course, now I love to give testimonies for God and show his great love; this was the perfect time for me. As I always say in my blog, God is good and although things might not look like they are working for me, He sees all, and if I are faithful, listen, and follow Him, I sincerely believe he helps me fulfil my desires.
We spoke about how tough trying to follow your heart was, and how it seems that everything comes against you when you are trying to reach out to fulfill what God has put in your heart. I reminded him, that the god of this world does not want to see us succeed. He knows that once enough people start to show God’s great love, His mercy, and His goodness towards us, through their testimonies, he, the devil, will lose the hold that he has on our life, allowing us to impact those around us.
“God needs those that are strong and willing to believe in him, regardless,” I said to him.
“I agree Zola,” he said. I watched as his mood grew worse, “so many people are against me though; even my own family,” he told me unhappily.
“That is the way it is sometimes,” I told him. He stared at me as if confused. “Well remember Joseph in the bible; his family did not believe him either, but look what happened with him.”
As if he received a great revelation, Tom smiled at me and said, “That is so true Zola.”
If you know Joseph’s story, you realize that because of Joseph’s prophesy that his family would one-day bow before him, his brothers, grew jealous, and sold him to the Egyptians. However, many years later, his family did bow at his feet; just as he told them they would. God is faithful, although it might take some time to see the manifestation of his blessing; I know they will come.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (KJV) “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Like Tom, sometimes those we look to for encouragement, will not understand the desire God has placed within us. I told him, the most important thing we have to remember is, Not to try to understand why others do not want to inspire our dreams; it is to keep the dream that God has given us alive. They do not know the deep stirrings within our heart. The words of others cannot keep us away from reaching our desires if God has placed them there.
Although I speak of dreams and desires of the heart, I need to say that not everything we feel or long for is from God. Before we truly hold tight to them, we need to pray over them and consider God’s word. Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV) 8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” God will not give you a dream that hurts another.
At the end of the conversation, his sadness grew into joy, and he thanked me. He already knew everything I told him, but sometimes it helps if someone reminds you. Keep God’s dream alive.

3 Comments Posted

  1. Zola, this almost sounds like the conversation I had with you a few weeks ago. 🙂 Coincidence or not, I want to thank you for sharing your testimony with me then. Thank you for “comforting me with you comfort you have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). It’s very encouraging to know that I am not the only one who has toiled down an unfulfilling career path too long and to know that God has greater things in store for us if we choose to “acknowledge Him in all our ways”. (Proverbs 3:6)

    Even though I have attended church since I was a little child, I have never been closer to God than in these past three years, when the discontentment of my life became unbearable. As you mentioned, God places a restlessness in our hearts to get us to focus on Him, so he can guide us to a better place.

    The two greatest motivations in my life to this point have been one, meeting my wife, and two, this business I have been pursuing for the past three years.

    I met my wife in Korea in 1997 also during a dark and difficult time in my life. I was young, in a dead end job, was racked with debts, and had no hope for the future. I felt like I was very far from God at that time.

    Because I was so miserable, I felt I needed to drop everything and just flee the situation, to Korea where my friends were. But I struggled in Korea as well doing odd jobs and was miserable and homesick, until I met my wife through an introduction by my mother’s friend. From that moment on, my entire outlook on life radically changed to one of hope and exuberance – people saw a big change in me. Up to that point, everyone from teacher’s, friends, and family would always tell me ‘I was smart, but I wasn’t applying myself’ or that ‘I had potential, but was unfocused’. I cannot argue with their observations, but they didn’t understand that I was trying the best that I could at the time, the only way that I knew how.

    It shames me to say this, but being an externally motivated person, I wasn’t getting the affirmation and acceptance I was looking for growing up in a strict household. I never had much joy or freedom growing up – most of my memories growing mostly consist of being scolded or being told ‘no’. I grew up in a household where constant nagging, anxiety, and arguing were the order of the day, and to this day have issues with anxiety, because I was nagged constantly about even the most minute things.

    Nevertheless, by the grace of God, for the past 16 plus years I have found peace and affirmation in the person that is my wife Jessica and is truly the love of my life in this world. Also by the grace of God, because of the last place that I worked at, I was introduced to the business that I am currently involved in, (even though the person that introduced me to it had ulterior motives).

    I am at a crucial point in my business – this is the make it or break it year for me. I have accumulated a large amount of debt and really cannot handle anymore, but I have some large potential business deals that will close later this year, depending on how well the products I distribute work for them. They are evaluating the products currently.

    In conclusion, all I can say is that in the darkest times in my life, God has delivered, even when I felt I was far away from Him and I didn’t call upon Him. That is the love of our Father – immeasurable, unconditional, and unfailing. All I have is because of grace.

    I am blessed to have met you Zola. Let’s keep praying and building up each other in the Lord!

    I look forward to your next book and blog post!

    Glory to God in the highest!

    • It is wonderful for you to share your testimony with me and on my blog John. God is there and will always be there. Keep faith and watch your business grow. I am blessed to have met you too, and I wish you and you wife all the best every.

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