Winter’s almost over, and I still haven’t knitted a scarf, but when I grab a pair of knitting needles, I feel like I have two left hands. Since the time my grandma first taught me, I’ve learned how to knit eight different times. Each time I give up, and when I start again several years later, my two left hands have to learn all over again. So I’m going out today to buy some yarn and get started because this was on my winter bucket list. I’m hoping the ninth time’s going to be the charm.
Of course knitting a scarf is not going to make or break me in the scheme of life, but I have other more important goals, like learning to write, helping my husband pastor a small church, and helping my kids grow into responsible adults who discover God’s call on their lives.
Our most important goals and projects take more time and effort than we think they will. They involve sweat and unglamorous work, day in day out. It takes persistence to learn to play the piano, or to start a new ministry or home business. Sometimes we’re tempted to lay our dreams aside because we’re daunted by the daily grind.
Do you have any God-sized dreams or projects? Do you ever get discouraged and feel like quitting? I know several women who persevered:
- Herenia dreamed of converting her hobby, cooking and baking, into a business. Nineteen years ago, she opened a pastry shop, worked day and night, and almost went bankrupt the first year. She pressed on to become a successful business woman who oversees five restaurant cafes.
- Lisa persevered raising three kids after her husband walked out on her twelve years ago. Amazingly, she even home schools. She writes on single parenting at Susanna’s Apron.
- Filiz is a single mom who is on the brink of reaching a milestone: two degrees in six years of part-time study while working full-time.
- Karin persevered twelve months to transform her eating habits and lose 40 pounds. In the process, she started blogging about her low-carb lifestyle.
Thomas Edison’s quote: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” encourages me. So does Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers. He maintains that what sets world-class experts in any field apart from the rest of us are ten thousand hours of practice. Granted, few of us are geniuses who will reach the world-class expert level, but I like to think that the difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t is practice, hard work, and a refusal to give up.
Galatians 6:9 gives a good word about walking forward towards our dreams: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Do you have a dream or project that looks impossible? Keep going! Your world needs what you have to offer. How about taking five minutes today to brainstorm your next baby step? Leave a comment to tell us about your dream or project.