If you are the kind of person who desperately needs to attain your dreams, there’s definitely no price that can be too much to pay. If truly you are compelled and drawn towards a hope, there’s no kind of intimidation that is potent to kill your ambition. “The prices you are willing to pay has to be paid fully and in advance…not after you get results, but whether you get the results or not. (trust that invisible results are building up).”*
An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked up into his eyes, and asked: “I understand you’re a very wise man. I’d like to know the secret of life.” The old man looked down at the youngster and replied: “I’ve thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words. The first is think. Think about the values you wish to live your life by. The second is believe. Believe in yourself based on the thinking you’ve done about the values you’re going to live your life by. The third is dream. Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values you’re going to live by. The last is dare. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values. ” And with that, Walter E. Disney said to the little boy, “Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.”
There will always be reasons why you dreams should not come to reality. These reasons might be you, or your environment. But if indeed you want your dream to become reality, then you must dare to pay the price! In talking about your dreams, I mean such aspirations that would see you digging for your own gold and cultivate what God has given you, for the purpose of blessing humanity and bringing pleasure to God. The truth is, it doesn’t matter what else you did; if it didn’t satisfy the mandate of your creator, then you are not successful! There’s no one who can define success other than the God who created you.
It is expensive to be blessed; and those who would achieve greatness will not be dissuaded by the price of their dreams. “The inflationary times may escalate the price of their dreams but whatever the price, they are compelled to pay.” (T.D Jakes). The price for achieving your dreams may be to give up some habits or addictions. It may be necessary to give up some friends and associations. It might even require you to change your job or location. Also, time or age is no barrier. You can reignite your passion and push forward despite the challenging environment. God makes things beautiful in His time. Better to do something than nothing.
Most often than none, it is not the smartest, wealthiest or the most intelligent, or even the most powerful that always achieve success. It is proven that success goes to anyone that simply doesn’t quit. I have not read or seen anyone who achieves success without paying a price. As they say, “there is no gain without pain.” The temporary pain of sacrifice may be intimidating, but the unquantifiable joy of success is a reward worth dying for. We have a perfect example in our Lord Jesus Christ. Of Him the Bible records, “…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrew 12:2. For such a perfect example, we are admonished to “…fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, He is he head of all the long train of faith heroes. He is the author and perfecter of our faith. Consider Him. Observe and analyze every part of His life and conduct, and you will be on your path to glory!
To be successful on earth is good, but I believe the greatest achievement that any man could have is to fulfill the purpose of his creator, which includes to do His mandate here on earth, and to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Anything short of this is mere futility! Some great men have gone ahead of us who achieved so much success but they reckoned it as waste at the end of their lives.
Perhaps, the cold winds of opposition and criticism have banked the fire in you, and your dreams are dying down. I challenge you to rekindle your desire to achieve whatever God has promised you. Don’t lose your fire! Fight for your dreams. You are winning! Yes, we are winning!