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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Maybe it’s because I’m 55, but I’ve done a lot of reflecting lately. Or maybe it’s because I realize that I have already lived over half of my life. For a good part of your life, you never think about dying. You just live. We’ve all heard that the young are invincible. When we’re young, we think we have our whole lives ahead of us. There will be plenty of time to do the things we’ve dreamed of, and plenty of time to make our mark in this world. We have so many dreams, and we are sure that we can achieve every one of them. There are limitless days ahead.

Then one day we wake up, and we are 50–(or 55.) Perhaps we have realized some of our dreams, but some we have put away forever. Why do we do that? Why do we think that dreams can’t come true when we’re older?

Probably because life has made us weary, and disappointment has taught us that you can’t always get what you want. We begin to think that our dreams are impossible, and we wonder why we ever dreamed them in the first place.

But what if we did what Thoreau said, and actually lived the life we have imagined? Finances, circumstances, and responsibilities may threaten to steal our dreams, but we can still dream. Sometimes we may have to modify the dream a little, but we must never let it go.

The Bible tells us that a man’s gift makes room for him. You don’t have to go beating down doors. If God has given you a talent, the doors will open. Sometimes we may have to wait longer than we’d like, but there’s usually a good reason for that.

The first step to making your dreams come true is to believe. Believe that you have a destiny–a plan custom designed for you. Only in finding your purpose can you be fulfilled. Don’t settle for less. If God places a dream in your heart, then He intends for it to come to pass.

Stay faithful right where you are. Small steps will lead you down the right path. Go where your heart leads. Follow your passion. Ask God to show you His purpose for your life, and let your success be a means of helping others. (It’s not all about you anyway.) I believe that we’re given talents and gifts to bring blessings to others, as well as to find fulfillment within ourselves.

Do you have some dreams that are not yet fulfilled? Have you given up on them? Hold on to your dreams, and as Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” When a door opens, pray about it, and ask God to show you if it will lead you down the path to your destiny. Some open doors are not so obvious. God may be positioning you to meet someone who will be important to the fulfillment of your dream. So never despise the day of small beginnings. God is in control.

If you think you’re too old, remember God can change things in an instant. One connection or one opportunity can change your entire life. Be open to life’s possibilities, and live the life you have imagined…

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