nelsonHave you ever wondered what’s stopping you? I mean really sat down and asked yourself, “Why am I still thinking about my dreams but not pursuing them?” If you are anything like me, I’m sure you have. Of course you have made some headway and of course you aren’t where you used to be but somewhere down the line you stopped dreaming and daring to be great. Maybe you became a husband or wife or even a parent and life started to look a lot different. Maybe you finally landed that dream job, only to find that it wasn’t your dream at all. You searched and searched but eventually became tired of looking and settled. You allowed all of your dreams to stay inside the “Jar of Impossibilities”. However, on the inside you knew that you were keeping a lid on your gifts and abilities. Deep down you could sense the feeling of discontentment but you managed to ignore it. That is, until now.

It’s a New Year and though many people will declare that the New Year does not change anything, the truth is, it has the ability to change everything. Just think if we treated the growth of children in the same way we do a New Year. In fact, if a child stayed the same from age 5 to age 16 we would classify that as a disability. This is said to be true in our lives as well. If we remain at the same stage at age 18 as 32, something has taken place that has crippled us, stunting our growth. We were created to grow, to change, to mature and to come into the fullness of God’s original intent when He created you. Don’t allow what people have said and what others have done to stop you from being who God has created you to be.

Your dreams are suffocating, having to stay contained. Your life is being drained by being poured out one drip at a time because of the lid. Do you not sense an urgency like never before to just do it? Step out, go for it, pursue. Your life awaits. The limitless life, the life that has been vetoed many times before and the life that has been rescued many times before. This is your season to take the lid off of everything. Reveal the real you and take life for all that it has to offer. After all, you serve a God who runs the entire world and who desires to fulfill your dreams, wants and needs. Take the first step, and God will take 10! Do your part and I promise you, God will certainly do His.

It’s a New Year and you have become one step closer or one step further away from who you’ve been destined to become. In many ways the New Year can mean limitless possibilities or it could mean hindered dreams and hopes. You hold the defining factors of both in your hands and no one can choose one way or the other for you. There are many things that seem impossible but that’s only to the person who has remained in the box. Today I want to challenge you to come out of the box. Let go of what you thought you’d do and what others thought you’d do, and step out on faith. That’s right, your next steps will in fact become “leaps” of faith. It’s time to go all in and Rock it out with God. I don’t know about you but I’m excited for all that will take place this year and all that has brought me to where I am today. My life is what it is because of who God is in me. Your dreams are valid and worth pursuing!

dreamsSo, what are you going to do today!? What steps will you make, that will bring you closer to what God has for and to what you desire for your life. It’s not always about what’s comfortable, it is often about what brings the most conflict, forcing you to jump out of the boat. The other day it was brought to my attention that sometimes God will give us two options. One, we either willingly get out of the boat or two, the boat capsizes, forcing us to get out! Either way, we were created to get out of the boat. The boat was never meant to be a permanent solution of retreat. It’s simply a means of transportation that takes you to where you were destined to be or drops you off to where you were destined to go. So, again I ask , “what are you going to do today to pursue your dreams and remove the lid that has prevented you from moving forward”. It’s not always about what you can do with what you have been given. Sometimes its about what you can’t do because of what you have but refuse to use. Imagine that!! Imagine having the ability to do various things but never tapping into your full potential because you’ve kept your dreams under a lid?!

You will never tap into the fullness of who you are, while keeping the lid on. In the same way that a beverage can not properly be poured out with the lid, your life will not properly be lived with the lid. Lift that lid and come out! Give your dreams a place where they can become realities. Trust God for the details of your life and don’t allow anything to stand in your way! Its time to dream again, it’s time to take action, it’s time pursue!

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