[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] S [/dropcap]undays through Tuesdays are hard days at our house. We have church, cleaning jobs, work on Monday, Bible school, work and preschool on Tuesday, and on it goes. We’re out of the house through much of those three days, and on Mondays I have the boys from 8am to 9pm. It’s just long and tiring. It’s not easy getting two little ones out the door, especially by 8am. And I’m not organized or relaxed or anything that resembles the put together mom. I tend to be the yelling, stressed, pulling my hair out mom with lots of mommy guilt.

So last night, I put the boys to bed early and then just left the messes that were everywhere and switched on my iBethel app on the ipad and watched Bill Johnson preach. He’s been working through a series on fulfilling your dreams, and this was the last part to it. And it hit me like a ton of bricks. Very deflating. Not what I wanted to hear. Yet I heard him . . . if you have a two year old in your house, you ask a lot of “Do you hear me?!” Well, I hear me . . . him . . . truth.

The key to fulfilling your dreams is to help fulfill someone else’s!! The key to getting favor is to align yourself with where God’s already working. Help your pastor fulfill his calling; help your husband see his dreams through or help your dear friend achieve one of her dreams. Not rocket science really as it’s setting the kingdom first and it involves the laws of sowing and reaping. My heart knows it’s all truth.

Yet what’s a tired, overwhelmed, stressed mama to do about it? Well, lucky me, I happen to be married to a very talented man who is in the process of working towards a lifetime dream. I’m also daughter to a man who is a preacher, teacher, pastor, writer, and church head. I have a sister who has hopes and dreams, and a mom and two sons who also have desires and things they want to do. My son daily tells me, “Mommy, I want to ride a train!” I surely can help him do that. I’m also friend to a few lovely ladies who also have some big dreams, and I can pray with them, encourage them, and help them fulfill their passions. It’s just a matter of dragging my unorganized, frazzled self out and setting my focus to help others. I certainly do not lack opportunity.  Yet will I take hold of the opportunities that are available?

Lastly, Bill Johnson said one thing that struck me to the core. He said that Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. That’s a weighty statement. What was set before Him? The fulfillment of His Father’s heart – to see the world redeemed. Whose heart can I help to fill each day? God’s. I can love on each person I run across each day, and it starts with my own family and works outward. Yet if I’m moping, thinking woe is me, overwhelmed by my lack of time and resources, then I’ll only be gazing down. I won’t be looking around me at all of the opportunities that are there if I will just see them.

So onward ho . . . picking up the tired self and moving forward as there is work to be done.

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