Over the last few days I have been working on a piece of art. I am not a professional artist but I do like to use my hobby to make some art and craft items which give me joy. I had downloaded a painting image of a tree and wanted my painting to look exactly like that one.
If you think, I have painted this piece sitting at a peaceful place, a cup of coffee next to me and beautiful music playing around, then I would say I wished it was so. But I had to paint it when my two kids were having a nap and I was at constant peril that either one of them would wake up at any time:). So I had to finish it up as soon as I could. But sometimes, it wasn’t possible to make both of them have a nap at the same time and it was a challenge finishing the piece at one stretch.
Another challenge was my 6 years old. Out of his curiosity he would try touching the paint and mess the painting many times. Every time he messed up the paint, I had to work on it again with patience. After working for quite a few hours on this piece of art, I could finally complete it.
A thought came to my mind; what made me want to complete this piece with much patience?
Because, all the time the original image of the painting was on my mind and I wanted my piece to resemble with it.
No matter how many times it got messed up, how many extra hours I had to spend finishing it or how many times I felt like giving up…all I desired was to see my piece of art look beautiful, complete and striking like the original one. And that was the only thing made me want to complete it.
In the same way, when we have dreams & visions of life imprinted on our hearts and minds, no matter what the challenge is, we will strive hard to make sure we fulfill them. When we know the clear image of our purpose of life, we will focus on it rather than focusing on the obstacles and the hurdles that are coming our way. We will be determined to make our dreams and vision look exactly like the picture we have on our minds and hearts for our lives.
We all have been given a purpose, a dream and a vision from God. Each one of us is born for a purpose. When we discover it, we are thrilled to fulfill it. We begin with much excitement and can’t wait to see it come to pass. But life isn’t always easy going and there will be times when we will doubt our calling, about the surety of our vision and purpose in the midst of all of life’s hurdles. There will be time when all the odds will be against us and we will feel no excitement to go on.
What will keep us going?
It’s the clear image we have of our purpose and vision which will help us to move on, stay encouraged, patient and persevere despite of all the mess that comes along, all the challenges that try to block our way, all the delays and all the unexpected things and detours we have to take in our life journey.
If you feel like giving up on the dreams which once you cherished and were hopeful for, if you are doubting your life’s purpose, if you are feeling confused, if you have done your best to keep up but you think you have hit rock bottom, I want to encourage you to keep the original image of your purpose on your mind, keep it in focus rather than focusing on the hurdles. It’s the only thing which will keep you moving, encouraged, persevering and excited about the final outcome.
“Blessed is the man who persevere under trial” James 1:12