I have noticed that there are a few creatives that I have come to know their work, they have stopped doing and pursuing what they have started. I visited their sites and I wondered what happened. I understand that life happens, and a lot have happened last year all over the world to contribute for some to give up on pursing their dreams and goals.
It’s really not easy, at least for some of us, to achieve our goals and dreams, and live them. Many times we have to fight to make them happen by being committed to them, being ambitious and determined enough, and by taking massive actions as well as trying different strategies and approaches. But in a real world, so many things can be going on that we will need more help, especially from God. We will reach a point that we can only do what we can do, but in order to move further and forward, we need God’s help. We need to rely on God’s assistance for our lives.
I know I have already talked about the importance of praying for our dreams and goals. You can read more about it on “Prayer Covering Your Plans” and “Check With The Master.” Well, this is a continuation of what I have already been sharing, but with more information and more perspective.
There is this poem called “Thinking” by Walter Wintle and it says;
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!
I guess to paraphrase it, like Henry Ford has been quoting saying, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
I mean, I like both this poem and quote; they are positive, motivating, and inspiring. They teach us about believing in ourselves and the importance of nurturing the state of our minds. They talk about self-will, which is great. Because self-will is powerful, having the determination to succeed no matter what is powerful, and how we view ourselves and our capabilities is powerful. Having self-confidence and to believe we too we can succeed, is powerful. All of these are key ingredients to success. It starts with us; from within us, our inner world, and then it manifest to the outside of us. Basically what we think about, we will bring about, and according to our faith, it will be done to us.
But that’s only one part of the equation. In the real world I have been living, I need God to intervene in my life. I realized about this after I discovered that not everyone struggle in life like I did and still do…hahaha. Self-will is great, it has its importance when it comes to achieving something, but it doesn’t work all the time. The race is no longer to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to the helped.
In the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verse 11 reading from New Living Bible translation, it says that “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”
You have got to involve God in your life and your plans if you don’t want to be laboring in vain. There are some people who don’t work hard as much as we do, but fortune and good tidings by chance find them. Their mindsets had the part to do with their success, but also I truly believe it has to be God, Who maybe as a way to answering their prayers played a major part for their good results, or maybe because He just decided by His goodness to be good to them and favoring them.
I don’t know why some people have these notions that rich and wealthy people don’t pray. I think some of them do even when they may not show it or share in public about their faith.
There is this story in the Bible about king Solomon, and it says that God appeared to him in a dream and offered to give him anything, but king Solomon, however, requested to be given “an understanding heart” so that he could fulfill his responsibilities as king over all of Israel. And it looks like God was very impressed of his selfless request, and rewarded king Solomon for more than he asked Him for. Continue reading We Need God’s Help