We have witnessed the 2021 Olympics of late and have seen the results of years of hard work and striving to reach a goal - a gold medal. We should learn from what we’ve seen these athletes do and realize we all have potential and if we work as hard as these athletes did, dreams and goals are attainable. Everyone has ability to do more than they’re doing. Young people especially have the energy and zeal to be whatever they want to be. The first thing is to have a dream and then to pursue that dream. Every one of the athletes in the Olympics had a dream to be there and worked hard to do so. Without dreams and goals, we go nowhere!
We live in a country that makes it possible to “Go For The Gold” in any area of interest one may have. Young people especially need direction and motivation. By direction, I mean purpose. Something worth devoting your energies to. By direction, I also mean the direction we are pointed. Parents have huge responsibilities in pointing their children in the right direction. Not only in matters of right and wrong, but also in matters of talents and desires of the children. All of us need purpose and direction. We need motivation and encouragement to pursue our passion – whatever it may be. Even the Scriptures say, “whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might.” Give your all, your best. Actually that’s true in everything in life. Don’t do anything half-heartedly. Give it your best. Strive for excellence. It’s too easy to have the attitude that we’ll just get by with the minimum. Or, why bother, nobody else cares. You should care that whatever you endeavor to do, that you do your best.
Like the athletes, you can’t just sit around and think about getting there. You have to do something about it! Even if you don’t have much money, there are ways to get where you want to go. It begins in your head. The dream. The goal. Your attitude. We live in a time when you can do anything you want to do if you want it bad enough to work for it. This probably sounds like a pep talk or positive thinking line. But think about it. What would you like to do in life? Is it possible? Why aren’t you moving in that direction? Don’t be afraid of change because that is what needs to happen if you want to follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to change jobs. Don’t be afraid to make a move. Don’t be afraid to look at yourself and assess where you are at and where you want to go.
In the big picture of things, don’t forget God. God designed us, knows us better than anyone, and cares about our life - present and future. He knows our past as well. He can bring healing of the past and help us reach the potential He knows we’re capable of. Seeking "God’s Will" in life is of the utmost importance. When we consider dreams and goals, don’t leave God out of the picture or consider Him a last option. God is interested in every part of our lives. He wants us to succeed in our relationships, work, and dreams. It makes sense to ask Him for the wisdom to live life to the fullest and have His blessing and power to do so. With God, we all can win the “gold” in that we can be assured of our eternal destiny with Him through Jesus Christ. With that settled, we can pursue the path of our dreams with peace in our hearts and divine guidance to reach the goals of life. The great Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me”. That’s personal “I”; positive “can do”; and all inclusive “all things”. You can do it!