Hebrews 12:1

So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

God gives each of us specific likes, dislikes, interests, talents and abilities. From those, you will develop your own unique passions. From those passions, dreams are born. And out of those dreams will come God’s plan for you.

Pursuing and reaching those dreams will give you a joy that can’t be duplicated, but it’s not easy. And there are no guarantees that the dream will come to pass.

OK, so God has given you a dream, whether it be writing or another artistic endeavor, teaching, being a doctor, being a parent. Whatever your passion is, God gave you the dream. God gave you the talent, but only you can decide to stay in the race until the finish line.

And only you can decide how you’re going to run the race. God will do his part, but you need to do a few things as well. Let’s take a look at the verse above.

Let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way. What gets in your way as you run the race? Of course, we all have obligations and responsibilities. And I’m not suggesting in any way you abdicate them in any way nor am I suggesting every waking minute must be devoted to your art.

In fact,Proverbs 16: 30 states that moderation is a good thing. So, we should all strive to live a balanced life. But do we really need to sit in front of the TV all evening—every evening? Can’t you delegate a few of your jobs to your children so you have time to focus on your dream. But it’s not just about household chores, what about church duties. Again, of course, it’s a good thing to volunteer for church activities, but not EVERY church activity.

After all your writing is your ministry.it is your offering to God. It is a worthy activity whether others agree or not. Learn to say no to the many distractions available and say yes to your dream.

Let us run with determination. This is the second part of the verse, we need to remember. DETERMINATION. There will be times when your determination falters and you want to give up. Writing takes a lot of time, a lot of energy, and a lot of yourself.

It took me fifteen years to get a contract with a royalty-paying publishing house. And this is what I can tell you. If you quit, you won’t reach the finish line. As long as you keep running the race (writing in this case, you gave the chance to finish the race.

But you’ve got to stay determined and never give up.

SHARING TIME: What’s your passion–your dream? Are you purusing it? If not, why not?