Having a dream, a star that beckons you along, is terrific. But, having a goal without a plan is but a dream that will ultimately bring discouragement.
Having a dream without a plan will also lead to discouragement if you fail to have a mechanism to measure your progress.
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin.
About a year ago I was interviewed by a couple who wanted me to help them “Get to The Field.” They had the dream and had dwelt on the dream for several years. They explained that a burning desire to reach people for Christ was the passion of their lives. They were certain when they reached “the field” they would be effective.
Their hopes sounded great.
I asked a few questions:
How long have you lived in your present quarters?
What is your neighbor's name?
What are their children’s names?
Where do they work?
What church do they attend, if any?
You may have already guessed the answers to the above questions. The only response was the “deer in the headlights” look.
As to goals, dreams, for a Christian purpose, the plan is already given to us in the scriptures. The program is simple, but it involves interaction with people. Therefore, we must learn “communication skills.” All the world, as instructed by Jesus in Matthew 28, includes the people next door!
Even if your dream is mechanical, you will have to sell your invention to people!
For the writers who read these articles, yes, a rejection slip is part of progress.
One critical statement about your journey: “I will start now.”
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