Hold on to Your Dreams, Even During a Recession
People are giving up some things and trimming “fat” wherever they can to survive this economic downturn. What you shouldn’t cut back on, however, are the big dreams God has placed in your heart.
Welcome to the 38th issue of The Aim and Soar Life, a weekly Christian personal growth and lifestyle newsletter that provides actionable, relatable, biblically rooted content to help you live abundantly and GROW YOU. GOD’S WAY.
Continuing with our Dream Big theme for November, I want to take some time to give you a little reminder about the importance of holding on to your dreams—even during a recession.
I was grocery shopping the other day and subsequently complained about the price of my bill because I didn’t have that many items. The cashier responded by sharing an unwelcome truth. “Eating out is cheaper than buying groceries nowadays,” she said. And I couldn’t agree more (I’m only feeding myself so this may not be true for families).
Prices are sky-high and inflation makes it seem near impossible to save and invest for the future. It’s enough to frustrate you and make you feel hopeless.
Almost everyone is cutting back financially. From fortune 500 companies to small business owners, people are giving up some things and trimming “fat” wherever they can to survive this economic downturn. What you shouldn’t cut back on, however, are the big dreams God has placed in your heart.
I don’t mean that you shouldn’t readjust your budget. What I do mean is that you shouldn’t let fear and uncertainty about our economic times cause you to give up on your dreams.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV
Cut Back, Don’t Give Up
I was assisting a young lady with setting up a life coaching business and she kept stressing to me that she didn’t have a lot of “extra” money to spend, although she was aware that she needed certain tools to get her business off the ground. I was able to share some free resources with her, as well as some inexpensive ones she could use. As a result, she was able to launch her business and still go after her big dreams. All it took was a little cutting back.
If God placed a desire in your heart, He doesn’t want you to abandon it just because times may be a little tight, He wants you to depend on Him to bring it all together. All you have to do is follow His lead.
As you pray through difficulties, ask God to show you how you can follow your dreams while being a good steward of the resources He has already given you.
You may have to start small or scale back a bit but giving up on your dreams is not an option.
Be Confident in Your Purpose
Sometimes we give up on our dreams when difficulty arises because we weren’t confident enough in our purpose to begin with.
When God gives you a big dream it’s never about you. It’s always about serving Him by blessing others. That great idea you have just might be God’s plan to bless someone else through you. This is why it’s so important for you to press through when you feel like giving up.
Be confident in the gifts and talents God has blessed you with. Know that you have those specific gifts for a reason. When you really consider that your gifts and talents are for the benefit of others because that’s what God wants, it helps you to be confident and committed to following through.
Your dreams may be delayed, but that doesn’t mean denial. God doesn’t waste our experiences. Remember, He’s using them to work together for your good.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28, NKJV
You were created to do good works for the Lord.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10, NIV
Expect Great Things from God
Do you often wonder if the dreams God has given you will ever come to pass? Well, I’m here to tell you that you can always expect great things from your Father.
God is not a slacker. He knows how to give good gifts. When we are obedient to the things He has called us to do, He rewards us in the ways He sees fit.
When His desires become our desires, He is pleased with us! There is no greater joy than to know you are dedicating your gifts and talents to God. It’s even more awesome when you see what BIG things He can do with your little resources and skills.
When we give God our best, He multiplies it! Remember the young lad with the five loaves and two fish? Jesus fed thousands with that little ole lunch.
Give Him your best, and let Him multiply it. Hold on to your dreams, even if it seems they are far off or impossible. Hold on to what God gave you. Don’t give up, be confident in your purpose, and expect great things from your Father!
Until Next Time,
GROW YOU. GOD’S WAY.
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