In the book of Psalms, King David wrote: “…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalms 139:16) God put you here for a reason and placed unique giftings and longings within you, but that doesn’t mean others will have a sense of your call or know how to propel you forward.

Throughout Scripture we see the enemy’s attempts to derail God’s people. Nehemiah’s critics thought he was on an ego trip, wrongly perceiving he was manipulating the prophets to speak well of him, and only out to serve himself. Paul’s critics called him a madman, a fool and a babbler. Christ’s adversaries said that He was controlled by a devil.

Opposition is sure to come. Be ready for it! Don’t let obstacles others throw in your path keep you from moving forward.

Journalist Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1992, had a dream in her heart that took her down a road others couldn‘t understand.

In an address to the class of 2002 at Sarah Lawrence College, Quindlen explained: “When I quit the New York Times to be a full-time mother, the voices of the world said I was nuts. When I quit the paper again to be a novelist, they said I was nuts again. But if success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your soul, it is not success at all.”

When a dream comes from God, it will seem outrageous to more than a few people. You’ll have to overcome some naysayers to achieve it. That’s okay.

If someone tries to silence your hope or deny your progress in the course of pursuing your dream, maybe that person isn’t your friend.

One of my key intercessors sent a word to me. This may be a word for you as well:

“Stop being bullied by what others think. Stop obsessing over the past. START believing in the power of your own assignment. Some of you think you are in a recreational vehicle when in fact you are in a high-powered tank!

Stop trying to make ends meet and start making clear endings. You know you have a clear ending when you have new starts. DO the thing you’ve been afraid to do.

What you are called to do is too important to fit into other people’s worlds or agendas. It is time you let the world feel the impact of a new idea. Originality has boldness in it. Be an original. You’ll find that the clearer you are the bolder you will be. You are authorized to make things happen.”
Did you catch that? You are authorized to make things happen. What is the vision, dream or desire you have pushed to the back of your mind? There is a treasure in that dream—pursue it!

As One,

Lance Walnau

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