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Unfufilled Dreams
April 5, 2016

In his book Simplify, Bill Hybels highlights the dawn of John Grisham’s novel writing career (Tyndale Press, 2014; p.40).   As an attorney, John Grisham hated his job. He wanted to become an author, but he didn't know where to begin. Finally, he decided to start by writing a one-word message to himself on the early-morning squares of his monthly calendar: "Write." Grisham said to himself, "I'm going to get to work sixty minutes early each day, and I'm going to write just one page per day." And that's what he did.   He started getting up an hour earlier during the week and showing up at his desk an hour before the normal start time at his firm. He began writing … and he kept writing. Today, he is one of the most prolific and appreciated novelists of our day.

Paul, in his letter to the Roman believers, shared his passion to visit them.  “God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.” (Romans 1:9-10)  He longed to encourage them and be there with them.  He had planned many times to be there but for some reason his plans had been thwarted.  Over the course of time we know that Paul did visit Rome but in much different circumstances than he had imagined; in chains. 

What are your hopes and dreams that are still unfulfilled?  Solomon wrote, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)  The Psalmis wrote, "Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart." (37:4) God will establish our plans when we commit them to Him.  Maybe not instantly and maybe not in exactly the way we had imagined, but ultimately according to His will.  Persevere!  Follow God's lead. Take delight in Him.

pj

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