Finding the Courage to Follow Your Dreams
Believing in the Dreams that God Has Placed on Your Heart
by Joanne Troppello
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
Are there dreams that God has placed on your heart that you’ve hoped to accomplish, but have started to feel like they’re never going to come to pass? I have felt that way before. However, it takes courage to continue to believe in your dreams and keep working to fulfill them.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
This verse is worded differently in various Bible translations. However, the one I’ve always remembered was where there is no vision, the people perish. When I looked for this verse in the Bible Gateway site online, I had no idea this specific wording was from the King James version.
The New King James versions says where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint, but happy is he who keeps the law. The New International Version says where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint, but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Of course, there are so many more translations. Yet, the basic message is the same that if we don’t have hope, we’re walking in despair. That’s where faith comes into the picture. We need to trust God to help us accomplish the things that He’s set out for us to accomplish. Sometimes, things take longer to accomplish than other times.
Stepping Out in Faith
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
I have struggled many times in the past with lack of courage. It’s held me back from stepping out in faith and being the vessel which God wants me to be—as He pours out His grace into my life.
Lack of courage is no match for the believer who completely abandons fear and trusts in God’s Word. Trusting in God that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us—memorizing this verse and speaking it into my life can counteract the paralyzing effects of a lack of courage…thus helping me to succeed at the dreams God has placed in my heart.
The famous words of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind, “after all…tomorrow is a new day” stuck in my mind as soon as I heard them. I need to have courage to believe that no matter what happened yesterday or if today is not going exactly as I planned, I need to keep my chin up and be courageous in my heart because the sun will come up again.
With God, all things are possible. We may not always feel the courage to keep going when difficulties surround our lives, but that’s when we need to turn our attention onto God and focus on Him. Of course, we should always be looking to His face and not His hands, but many times the difficulties of life throw us off our game.
Life can be hard, but we need to have the courage and faith to believe in a big God who is able. His arm is not too short to save, nor His ear to dull to listen. God hears our every cry, our every prayer. We may not always get the answer we want, but God knows exactly what we need, and He will provide each time. Now, that takes courage—to believe in God’s providence, but that’s also why He provided His Word. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. If you have an encouraging story to share about your own life’s journey, please share it with us. We’d love to hear from you. Another way to have courage is to be encouraged by others who have persevered and made it through life’s difficulties.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.