Run After Your Dream
Life will always present challenges which may seem insurmountable.
If you can see where you are going (vision), no matter the adversity you may face, your faith will bring about your success. The ability to change your world is as great as the strength you have to do it, although others may not understand the timing of your blessing. Even if others do not see it at the time that you do, do not let your dream go, ; just run. The Bible records the story of a young man who served the King and went with the soldiers’ chief into battle. There, in the middle of the fight, the son of King David was killed and he finds himself with the responsibility of reporting to the King what had happened.
“ Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me run and take the news to the King that the Lord has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies. You are not the one to take the news today,” Joab told him. “You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the King’s son is dead.” 2 Samuel 18:19-20 (NIV)
The enemies of your dreams may be the same that this young man faced, upon determining his mission. Let us review and analyze a bit that which caused this young man to reach his goal.
The first thing we see in him is his serious and steadfast commitment with his duty as a faithful soldier and loyal servant to the king. Your commitment and faithfulness to your calling, your business, your family, your future, your ministry, and your dreams must be firm and decisive, no matter what happens or what gets in your way. Your loyalty to God must be above any call that the world can make through a job offer, the advice of a friend, peer pressure, money, fame or any offer that goes against your love for God.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23(NIV) Your commitment must also be with yourself; to not give up or let anyone influence on what you have determined to go after, what has been given to you and is yours. Your commitment must always be to focus and run with your dream so that you may possess that which belongs to you, and fulfill your mission.
“Then Joab said to a Cushite, ‘Go, tell the King what you have seen.’ The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off. Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite. But Joab replied, ‘My son, why do you want to go? You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.’” 2 Samuel 18:21-22
The second thing that stands about this young man’s attitude is that he is not intimidated when another takes his position or is doing the same. He said, “I will run and I’ll make it,” he did not get angry nor frightened at the thought that another might usurp his place. You must assume an attitude of confidence and trust in yourself, knowing that no one else can do the job that suits you because you possess what is necessary to get the job done. You cannot expect others to believe in you if you do not believe in yourself. Your courage and your commitment in knowing who you are, and having self confidence will give you the edge against your opponent. You must always show that you are the best qualified person to obtain the best results.
You should learn from this young man, although his boss does not believe that he is the right person to take the news to the King, and in turn assigns to another for the mission, he does not let go of the vision or surrender because another was ahead, but says, “I’ll get there first, I’ll run.” Declare for your life today, “I’ll get there first; I’ll run after my dreams.”
Believing that you are the person assigned to the task leads to excellence and that will cause you to distinguish yourself above others. He knew he had a mission to do and did not give up due to the slightest obstacle or impediment, but strove to be number one in the race.
The story continues, “Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, ‘Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite.’ But Joab replied, “My son, why do you want to go? You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.’” 2 Samuel 18:22-23 (NIV) They tried to discourage the faithful soldier by saying, “Do not go because you will not get a reward for that.” However, the soldier has the right attitude, acknowledges that it is his duty to get to the King. You have to know that whenever God gives you a word, Satan will give an opposing word.
If Ahimaaz heeded the words of Joab he would not have been first. There will always be voices that try to weaken your faith for what you have believed, so that you may not achieve your goals. Your biggest enemy is the person who feeds your doubts. If you allow yourself to be caught by critics or the negative words you hear around you, you will never get to break the finish line tape that says “Winner.” There will always be people who try to persuade you to give up your dream, but remember, your greatest friend is the one who breathes life upon your faith. Do not let the words of anyone cancel the dream that God has for you.
The Pastor of one of the most thriving and growing churches in Latin America, Cash Luna, says, “God will pour out blessings as radical as the people are.” Where He finds defined people, there He defines his will, because he knows he can count on them at all times.
Today I invite you to run. Run for your dream, for your home, for your vision, for what belongs to you. No discouragement can stop you, negative words cannot make you fall behind, and there is no person to fill you with fear. Believe in the power of God which has called you on this day to run. Remember the power of your vision is God. Do not give up! God is on your side, the enemy wanted to discourage you, but you have the victory, run.