August 28 The Cost of Vision

You must recognize the cost of fulfilling your vision. I think many people believe that successful people are born successful. In reality, success comes in installments, similar to a payment plan. It’s a process. You receive a little bit of success today, a little more tomorrow, and more next week.

One of the costs of vision is diligence. All human beings dream, yet only the few who wake up, get out of their beds of comfort, and work hard will experience the fulfillment of their dreams. For example, if you think you have had a string of bad luck in life or that you are an unlucky person, you will probably not make the effort necessary to cause your vision to succeed. You may think, “Why bother?” This type of reasoning can undermine your entire life, destroying your desire to achieve your goals. You must realize that you are not defined by your past or confined by external factors.

Some people believe that others are responsible for causing their visions to fail. Maybe their parents couldn’t afford to send them to college, and now they are bitter and resentful because they didn’t pursue the careers they wanted to. Life will present us with challenges, but this fact doesn’t have to derail our visions. If you want something badly enough, you will be patient in acquiring it, even if the timetable isn’t what you would have wanted. You are not a victim. You are a child of the King, and He has given you a vision for your life that you can fulfill through Him.

Prayer: Father God, everything precious in life comes with a cost. One cost of fulfilling my vision is diligence. Help me to be strong and diligent in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Life will present us with challenges, but they don’t have to derail our visions.
Reading: Psalm 123–125; 1 Corinthians 10:1–18

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