Weekly Blessings: Week 12 With Trisha Mugo
Welcome to another installment of “Weekly Blessings!” Can you believe this is week twelve? I’m delighted to be back with another wonderful guest post!
This week’s “Weekly Blessing” comes from the lovely Trisha Mugo. Trisha is an award-wining writer, grace-dependent youth pastor and wife of a Kenyan warrior. When she’s not blogging or taking care of three kids, she’s cooking, reading or contemplating life. She loves learning, Chicago-style pizza and meeting like-minded friends at her blog, www.TrishaMugo.com.
Don’t Settle on Your Dreams—Four Common Mistakes Most People Make
When I read the story of Terah, Abraham’s dad, I wonder if dashed dreams can echo failure even from the grave.
Terah’s life speaks like an epitaph on quitting. I’m not surprised if you’ve never heard of him. He barely gets a mention outside of genealogies.
His one feat, leaving Ur of the Chaldeans, fades when we find out he settled. Literally.
His dream bit the dust only halfway to his destination. Here’s how Genesis puts it.
“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Harran, they settled there” (Genesis 11:31).
Maybe you have your own God-sized dream, but your life screams at you to settle for “just enough.”
Circumstances lie to you that God is finished with you. Perhaps you’ve mistaken, “not yet” for “not ever.”
Does your call from God seems like a far-flung illusion, a dream of a dream?
I’ve come up with four possible reasons Terah settled without achieving his dream.
Lack of Vision. I can’t help wonder if Terah, weary from walking, had lost vision. When we lack vision, our feet gravitate towards the path of least resistance. Let’s avoid that well-worn path.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 28:19 KJV).
Old-Fashioned Fear. Fear can keep us rooted in the “almost there” when God wants to move us into His purposes. Fear clings to the past and the familiar.
Did Terah think it easier to set up camp closer to the customs he was comfortable with instead of braving a new world? Was Canaan a little too far outside his box?
If fear has crippled your dream, know that God wants to supply you with a new brand of courage. This bravery comes from Him and is born out of time spent with Him.
Lack of Effort. We often live in the Walt Disney mentality of, “If we can dream it, we can do it.” While vision remains key, work ethic gets crowned king.
Do your friends label you a dreamer or a doer? Ever met someone with a fat vision but slim work ethic. That kind of lopsided attitude will leave you on the starting blocks in life’s race, forever wanting to run, but paralyzed by lack of effort.
Dreaming is free, but achieving comes at a premium.
Think on these words from Jesus. “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?” (Luke 14:28 NLT).
Is it possible Terah just didn’t count the cost? I’m guilty of this. So often achieving success and our purpose in life comes down to this question: How much do you want it?
Distraction. Nothing can derail a dream like distraction.
Whoever said, “Good is the enemy of the best,” is right. Many forsake their God given callings to pursue the lesser good. Friends, settling is the norm. Don’t do it.
Let’s not forget distractions happens in life. Babies are born. Parents can die. I’m referring more to to self-inflicted distractions. The ones that have an on or off switch.
Terah didn’t reach Canaan as it had hoped, but the story doesn’t end there. Terah gave birth to Abraham.
Abraham learned from his father’s mistakes. He learned to believe against all odds.
God took him on a roller coaster adventure of faith. Listen to the acclaim he receives from the faith hall of fame.
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8 NLT).
Guess where he ended up? Yep. In Cannan. In a way, Abraham helped ffulfillhis dad’s dream. God knows many ways of redeeming us, doesn’t He?
Next time settling tempts you, remember Abraham. Keep walking. Don’t give up. Always believe.
Thanks so much, Trisha, for your amazing post! If you’d like to share something(Bible verse, a song, or a message) that God has put on your heart, please do so! If you’d like to contribute to “Weekly Blessings,” reach me via Facebook, Twitter, or Email; you can also simply comment below and I’ll make sure to get back with you!