Rick Warren, author, speaker, and pastor, once said, “Transformation is a process. As life happens, there are tons of ups and downs. It’s a journey of discovery. There are moments on mountain tops and moments in deep valleys of despair.”
Lao Tzu on his perception of a journey said, “Do the difficult things while they are easy, and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”
Dreaming is the essence of life. Planning is essential. The real magic happens when we have a willingness to work on ourselves and have the will and perseverance to do the necessary things so we can ultimately realize those dreams.
It’s not hard to dream. It’s not difficult to formulate a plan. It’s not always easy to execute and to stay with it.
This is what the journey is all about.
“The kingdom is administered relationally. Every time God comes in to bless your life He always does it through a person.”
These are the words of one of my dear friends, Dennis McIntee. Dennis is a leadership guru, who for the last 25+ years, has helped businesses develop and implement strategies and solutions for some of their biggest challenges. Dennis has one of the best taglines I’ve ever seen. It reads, “creating drama-free teams that get results”. He had me at “drama-free”.
When I say Dennis knows his stuff, I mean it. He and I have similar backgrounds, which is one of the reasons we have such a meaningful friendship, and I had the honor of having Dennis as a guest on my podcast a couple of years back. So much of what Dennis shared resonated so powerfully with me, and I know also with the listening audience, because he identified the hard-hitting truths we all maybe realize, but couldn’t put a finger on.
It’s a buzzword! It’s a real problem! It’s…..well, what is the status quo? Status quo is more of the same. If you went back to the beginning of the year and evaluated your life, your finances, your career, your marriage, relationships with your children, your spiritual life, your physical health, etc., can you say you are now further ahead in those areas?
Or would you say you’ve plateaued, it’s more of the same, and, for some reason, you fell back into a status quo mindset, status quo activities, and now you’re kind of stuck there?
Right now, we’re staring in the face of the oncoming fall. Perhaps school is about to start or has already started where you are. A new season is beginning which gives us all an opportunity for a new beginning.
Often times new beginnings are exciting, though sometimes they can be intimidating or overwhelming. I want to offer a challenge and also invite you to do a process with me. Winding down toward the final quarter of the year, 2017 is drawing to a close. You and I are looking at another year ending sooner than we might be ready for.
I want you to humor me for a minute and do a brief exercise with me. When you think about what you want out of life, what you hope to accomplish, and the kinds of achievements you want to be proud of or remembered for, what comes to mind? Additionally, when those thoughts, dreams, or ideas come to mind, do you set expectations to achieve them, or do you somehow talk yourself out of them being possible, and make adjustments down toward something “more realistic”?
How many times have you dreamed about starting fresh? Perhaps you’ve talked yourself out of your new beginning or pursuing your dreams because what you’re doing today is “safe”. Comfortable. Predictable.
Today I want to encourage you to dust off your dream. Many of us in this most recent year have experienced a barrage of negative inputs. In recent months, you could not turn on the news in our country, or even around the world, without being bombarded with negative news, political wrangling, senseless attacks, etc. It has been a difficult season.
Foundations are essential to any great building project. If you’re going to build anything substantial to stand the test of time, it must be built on a properly engineered foundation. As we transition from one level to the next, I want to help you lay a solid foundation on which to build your preferred future (the future God has already determined is yours for the taking).