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Don't stop reaching toward your goals and dreams
Reaching toward one's goal
One of the characteristics of a child is that they always seem to reach for something and in reaching they are actually asking for help from an adult or parent who is nearby. They have grown accustomed to having the adult or parent give them what they are reaching for. If they are not being assisted they may become angry and upset in order to get their way. Life itself takes on a similar role because there are many people who have dreams and aspirations that they may be reaching toward but cannot seem to obtain.
The gifts talents and abilities that become recognizable in a person are there to benefit others, and if that person becomes frustrated and stops reaching toward their goals someone else will lose the privilege of benefiting from those gifts talents and abilities. Many times goals seem unachievable and to reach toward them may only seem like a waste of time. But like the child who reaches with expectation there will always be someone that can help with the support necessary to reach those goals.
Many people lose the desire and motivation to reach for a dream because of the possible pain, disappointment and even failure it may bring. But many times if something is just handed to a person it is not valued or appreciated the way that something would be that was obtained through pain and struggle. So one must not allow the pain and struggle of reaching to bring an attitude of quitting. The apostle Paul in writing to the church at Philippi declares brethren I count not myself to have apprehended or in other words he's saying I have not yet arrived. We all know that reaching does not guarantee immediate success, and for the person who believes they will acquire what they go after without any struggles in the beginning are in for a disappointment.
For example many couples that are engaged to be married approach everything from the standpoint of a dream. The bride wants a dream wedding and the couple both want a dream marriage where both ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after. After the honeymoon is over and reality sets in with bills that need to be paid and children that need to be raised, the couple may no longer reach for that dream marriage. One of the reasons reaching stops is because they both may have felt the dream marriage was obtained on the wedding day, when in reality this was only the beginning. People who stop reaching refuse to continue learning and whether it is a marriage or a business or any other dream one must never stop learning about the dream. The Bible says husbands dwell with your wife according to knowledge, in other words a husband should not stop learning about his wife after marriage.
After all during the dating process he learned what she did and did not like and he did what was necessary to give her those things. But after the wedding he now feels I have arrived because I have her now when in reality it is only the beginning. The apostle Paul goes on to say but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).
Another stumbling block towards reaching is the past. Many people refuse to reach because of past failures and as long as they continue to look at the past, they will never reach forward. So the apostle Paul declares forget those things which are behind so that one can reach for those things which are before.
The Lord our helper
This hub would not be complete without this important information concerning the Lord our help. We must remember that he is the one who gives and sustains life and without him we could do nothing. Another important story in the Bible depicts a man who had a withered hand. This withered hand caused him to be limited in what he could actually do because he had only one hand to work with while others had two hands. Jesus then instructs the man to do something that he could not do and that was to stretch forth his hand. Dreams that come from God can never be accomplished without his help, so he will always ask one to do what they cannot do on their own. It is at this point that a person depends on the help of the Lord. Notice that Jesus did not work a miracle, but he simply challenged the man to do what he could not. Obedience to God and his instructions will enable us to go further than we think we can go and the more a person stretches, the greater the confidence for reaching further until the goal and dream has been obtained.