“I want to be an astronaut”, I hear a 7-year old stand on a stage and say as I walk around the McKinney Town Square a few weeks back at a holiday concert. A part of me thought, “That’s cute. Get real, kid. What are the odds?“, as I got convicted and then thought, “Wait, why not”?

I was frustrated with myself in that moment. I spend much time dreaming on the what could be and what will be and I had this doubt. Why? I believe the issue is that we grow up and grow into limitation. This took me on a personal journey on the subject of dreams and here’s what I concluded.

We must first realize that we are a dream from the heart of God wrapped in flesh. I believe that before we were a person, we were a purpose. Before we were a who, we were a why. The Bible states in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork (Masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” 

In my career I speak with many people who feel like a nightmare. Maybe that’s you, feeling like every time you walk into a situation and open your mouth, you mess everything up. Can I tell you that’s a lie from the enemy, wanting you to feel purposeless. The scripture above, as well as many others, state otherwise. Could it be that you’re just walking into the wrong situations around the wrong people? I’ll leave it at that.

When I realized that I am a dream, my living and loving The Lord went to another level. 

 

So, what now? In summary, here are 5 keys to fulfilling destiny:

1. DREAM

Our dream is our destiny.

Of course, we must first see the dream in our hearts. God’s word says that He gives us the desires of our hearts if we delight in Him (Psalm 37:4). When we see the dream we see our destiny. 

Maybe you don’t see the dream. Ask yourself, “What do I burn for?”. What’s that issue you talk about that you seemingly get very passionate over that you feel like not many understand (of course that is in alignment with God’s word). Start there. Also serve the dream of someone else in the meantime. You’ll begin to discover yours.

But we can’t stop at a dream.

 

2. DECIDE

We must decide to be about it. A made-up mind is a powerful thing.

Everything we do must be through the lens of our dream. Ask yourself, “Is this on the trajectory of fulfilling the dream?”

Our decision will drive us beyond how we feel.

 

3. DETACH

Detach yourself from your old life.

In honor of the current 20-degree weather and the words of the great philosopher Queen Elsa, “Let it go.” You can’t progress by holding fast to your past. Easier said than done, I know, but go to God and let it go.

Now what?

 

4. DEVISE

Devise a plan of action. Strategize on how you’ll get there.

“Fulfilling the dream sounds great, but how will I get there? What does it look like on Monday morning?”. 

I, personally, get before The Lord with my Bible, a notepad and wise counsel. This happens usually in a coffee shop. 

I know it’s easy to feel like we don’t have time to do this. I have found that I can’t afford not to. I have to plan to plan. Case in point, I just invested in a 3 day trip with my wife, Jalie, just to strategize for this year. We knew that we couldn’t afford not to do this. I now sit, in another coffee shop, full of strategy and vision for 2018. 

Maybe, for you, it’s spending a Saturday in a place where you can think clearly. Even if you need to invest in childcare. I dare to say that you, as well, cannot afford to not do so. 

Now that your notepad, calendar and heart is full…

 

5. DO

Do the work necessary.

It will take work. Hand to the plow, each and everyday. My pastor, Dustin Bates, says, “Hustle in the micro and be patient in the macro.” In other words, we progress little by little. I’m just thankful that I progress and do my best in not getting frustrated with the ‘little by little’ part. Each day, we become closer to seeing the dream come to pass. It may not seem like much progress today, but we’re a step closer than we were yesterday. I believe we should just focus in on today and maximize what is in our hands, working while we wait. 

The harvest of tomorrow is found in the sowing of today. 

God assures us that He watches over His word and that He finishes what He begins. I believe that as long as we do our best, He will do the rest. 

 

Now, I say to you and the kid that wants to be an astronaut, “Wait, why not?

 

Blessings. -TW