Recently I was speaking about what to do when the fulfillment of our dream seems to be delayed. I had four simple points based on Galatians 6:9, 10. I had a lot of requests for the notes so I decided to include them in this blog.

First, we must fight fatigue. It was legendary football coach Vince Lombardi who once commented, “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” That certainly proved true for the prophet Elijah who went from a great victory to utter despair in a matter of hours. To fight fatigue we can follow Pastor Rick Warren’s advice: Divert Daily, Withdraw Weekly and Abandon Annually.

Second, it is imperative that we stand against discouragement. The Bible says that at a time of great discouragement in David’s life he “encouraged himself in the Lord”. How do we do that? Association With God’s People – Heb 10:24, 25; Saturation of the Word – Rom 15:4; and, Infatuation With Jesus – Heb 12:1, 2.

Thirdly, we cannot quit. At a time of great discouragement in his life, Charles Swindoll’s wife had a plaque made for him:

“It is not the critic who counts – not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.

Who does actually try to do the deed. Who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, and spends himself on the worthy cause. Who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while bearing greatly. Far better it is to bear mighty things to win glorious triumph, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Finally, we must continue to do the good works we were created for. Paul encourages us to “Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)


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