"Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life."
-Proverbs 13:12 HCSB
Do you have dreams, goals or ambitions that you want to see realized? What is preventing you from seeing those things manifested in your now? Are you experiencing the frustration of delayed fulfillment?
If you're like me then you have a deep longing in your heart to impact your generation and leave mediocrity in the dust of yesterday. We have a lot of excuses that swirl around in our minds day in and day out as to why we haven't started doing what we are truly passionate about and why coping is the safest place for us. These excuses sound something like this,
"I don't have the money."
"If only I had the time."
"No one will support me."
"No one has ever done anything like this before."
"What if I don't make it."
"I'm too old to try now."
There are many others, but I don't want to list them and further feed your doubts because that's not my assignment. My point is that we spin our wheels in the road of life full of potential, but never actually accomplishing anything because we haven't moved our lives into drive yet. We watch others succeed and envy them. We watch others win and wonder what could have been if only we had tried to do what they did. Today, you must stop wondering and start doing.
Many of you reading this blog have notebooks, cocktail napkins and computers files filled with vision so planning isn't your problem. Your problem is moving out by faith on the plans that God has put within your heart. The Apostle James once wrote, "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
Faith is the fuel for life and outstanding achievement. As you operate in faith you will continually develop more faith causing you to do extraordinary things. I don't know about you, but whenever I achieve something it gives me life!
Someone needs your song. Someone needs your book. Someone needs your business in operation. Someone needs your invention. There are cities that need you in political office. There are patients that need your medical expertise. There are school children that need you to teach them and inspire them. Who will stop delaying hope and dare to act today!
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.