As kids we are asked what we want to be when we grow up. We enthusiastically say things like: doctor, teacher, astronaut, or the president of the United States. As kids, the sky is the limit…except in the case of astronaut, in which there is no limit. Dreams are beautiful and precious and special.
Then we grow up and we realize that in order to be a doctor, we have to go to school for a million years, pass through residency, and finally reach the point of joy in the profession. Then the profession is even harder work. To become a teacher is hard work too. They closed down the space program, so work as an astronaut only happens in foreign countries. To be the President of the US…well…that’s a pretty lofty goal. To have a dream is the easy part…to make the dream happen is where reality comes in.
Most dreams have their processes to become a reality. Some dreams have several possibilities. However, as adults we find that there are rarely short-cuts to success that bypass hard work. There are months, years, often decades of exhaustion with little or no result, struggling to be disciplined and remember why we wanted to do it in the first place.
I have been passing through several moments of reality with my dream. The sad part is the realization that the work is only just beginning. The bulk of the hard work is yet to come. So I choose to keep the vision and to work hard every chance I get. Why? Because I want to be obedient to God. Because I want to use my talents to bring Him glory. Because it is like a fire inside of me that can never be satisfied completely until I do it with all my heart.
Have you passed through difficult times on the way to your profession? Are you passing through difficult times right now? Keep your head up! Write out why you are doing what you are doing and post it on your wall. Remember that God would not call you to something that He and you cannot do together. Don’t give up! Today is another opportunity to carry on with excellence.