Wow time flies! Last week for my challenge I was to watch an encouraging video, read 1 chapter of The Dream Giver and my affirmation cards all before I started my day to keep focused on my goals.
It helped me stay on track, to keep the vision in front of me, however I still missed two days. A 5-7 day challenge and I didn’t successfully complete it. Its not the end of the world, but it got me thinking a lot about distractions. And all the forms they come in.
I was with some friends the other night talking about dreams, goals, vision. It was brought up that our dream is sort of like a puzzle. When you do a puzzle you have the box to look at, the pieces to fit it. At first the puzzle pieces scattered everywhere may look like a mess, but slowly you keep piecing them together and ultimately keep your eyes on the finished picture on the box. Every person’s puzzle is different, maybe you start with the corners and work your way in, maybe your friend works left to right. But each time you look at the pieces you have to remember the end result, have faith that if you stay the course it will take shape, keep that in focus.
In the Dream Giver it talks a lot about remembering your ultimate dream and goal, staying focused on the prize, trusting in the end result; the finished puzzle. There are so many distractions in life. Some can be in the form of good. Holidays, hanging out with friends, shows you enjoy watching. But if you let it get you off track and take your mind off what you are trying to achieve then it slowly, unexpectedly distracts you from your goal. Time passes so quickly, and its the one thing we can never get back.
Other distractions in life hit hard. Surprise financial strain, unexpected illnesses, heartbreak, hurt. If you are struggling with a situation, I do not mean to say it’s not important. But its so important to realize that God has your back and He can and WILL get you through. Trust in Him, trust that He gave you the right puzzle pieces and if you stick with it, you will see it come together. Let go of the worry, the hurt, and ask yourself what you really want? How do you want to live?
We only have this life once. Which pain would you rather have? The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? Rarely have I regretted things I have done, its more of the things I didn’t do. The chances I didn’t take, the opportunities I didn’t embrace.
Will you finish the puzzle and be able to impact those with the stories of the struggles you’ve overcome? People need to hear YOUR story! What will you have to share?