What stands between you and your dream?

Some people get to live out their dreams and make a living doing things they love. But, there are others who never got the chance to do what they love. Often they have to scrape and scratch to make ends meet, doing things they hate. Which begs the question, what’s the difference between those who get to do what they love and those who do not.

You have heard the phrase, “Life is unfair” and sometimes it does seem that way. Especially if you like to compare other people’s success to yours. The only unfair thing about life is, everybody does not born or die at the same time. But everybody has mountains that they have to climb. And everybody fails sometimes.

Even so, we are God’s children, and I know He has great plans for us. In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord assures the exiled Israelite that He cares about them. He said, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future”. So, it does not matter who you are, or where you live. If we followed the plan and the course God charted for us, we would reap success. But no one ever became successful with both hands in their pockets. It takes hard work and dedication.

Still, some people like to blame others or their surroundings for their failures. But been born into a family of means does not guarantee success. In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus told the story of a young man who grew up in a family of substance. But things did not turn out well for him. It is clear that the young man’s demise was his failure to follow his father’s instructions. And he paid a high price.

Like it or not, real success comes when we follow the part God has chosen for us. Failure happens when we divert from that path.

So, life is fair game. You get out of it what you put in. The servant who failed to use the talent that his master gave him ended up with nothing. Anyone can live out their dream if that dream is realistic. And you follow the path God has chosen for you.

Are you ready for the blessing God has for you?

Every Christian has at least one elusive thing on the bucket list that you hope God would help you check off. You spent hours in prayer asking God to bless you with this or that. But you never ask God to prepare you for the blessing your heart desire.

I am sure we have all heard of or know of a situation, secular and non-secular where at least one person got promoted to a position for which he or she was ready due to lack of preparation. And usual these situations never work out favourable for either side.

The parable of the lost son which Jesus told in Luke 15:11-20 is a good example of an individual who received a gift (blessing) he was not ready to handle. The young kid lived a sheltered life up to that point. Still yet he thought he could manage anything the world threw at him. But he was wrong. The Bible says the poor kid squandered his inheritance and ended up eating among swines.

So my friends, instead of spending lots of time asking God to bless you with whatever you need so badly. Spend some time and ask him to prepare you first. So that when the blessing comes you’ll know how to conduct yourself.

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Down the Via Dolorosa

Worship Wednesday: Passion week–Relive Christ’s Final Days and Hours

Via Dolorosa–the “Way of Suffering” or the route Christ traveled to His death. Read about it: Matthew 27:27-56, Mark 15:21-38, Luke 23:26-49, and John 19:16-37