As I look back on my life, one disturbing pattern exists. When I failed to reach a goal, rejected by a company or cut by a sports team, I changed course. Trying to rebound quickly, I altered my dreams in life to avoid further disappointment Sure, this made me feel better momentarily, yet I regret not sticking it out longer to see if I could have achieved my desired destination.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him, Lamentations 3:25.
The group Firefight sings about this topic in the song For Those Who Wait. The attached video illustrates a natural response to failure, quitting. Yet, the lyrics point to the reward for those who hang in there despite not succeeding on your first attempt. This is where rationale thoughts wrestle with faith. While some may never taste success, perseverance shapes character and will prepare you for future opportunities in this life.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14
If you are like me, sharing dreams with family and friends can be frustrating. Responses like don’t quit your day job and don’t get your hopes up are typical. Meanwhile, those who don’t comment roll their eyes or mutter “yeah right.” This vision that you paint for others doesn’t fit their current perception of you. Thus, you have one of two options. Think about what might have been or step out in faith by toughing it out like those who wait? I pray that you choose the latter. Take courage as you wait on the Lord to open the next door in your life.
by Jay Mankus