Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Word Up Wednesdays...Are You Willing To Pay The Price For Your Dreams?

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9 

Gary Brackett is an NFL middle linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts. He graduated from Rutgers University but was a walk on in college football. He hadn’t been recruited; he hadn’t been offered a scholarship; he didn’t start out with the level of respect that comes with being recruited for a school team; and his parents had to make great sacrifices to enable him to have a chance at fulfilling his dream. But by his senior year, Brackett had not only earned a football scholarship, but he was captain of the defensive team and been named the team’s defensive Most Valuable Player. Now Gary Brackett wears a Super Bowl ring and earns millions.

Years ago, there was a poster with the caption: “Happy is the man who dreams dreams and is willing to pay the price to make them come true.” We need to do more than just dream the dream. If any of our dreams are to become realities, we have to put forth the time and effort-until we see them materialize. We can’t be deterred by the fact that we haven’t been given the same advantages as some people, or that we aren’t given the respect we deserve, or that our circumstances are harder than others’ circumstances. We must keep our goal in sight and “not become weary in doing good.”

Father, forgive us for the times we’ve felt like quitting and the times we have quit. Renew within us the resolve to stay on course and to do whatever it takes to get to the place for which we believe You created us. Let us now be discouraged, but give us the perseverance to continue to work in our fields until the harvest comes. In Your name we pray, Amen.

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