The relationship that I have with my Creator, for example, comes to mind. Nonetheless, and although I got it for free, someone else did pay a price for it, so in that sense it really wasn’t free; someone just paid the price on my behalf.
The dreams we have, they came to us for ‘free’ – a gift from God – but to attain them, there’s a whole lot of discovery and sacrifice to be made. No one can pay a price on our behalf; it’s a personal journey, whose forward movement and progress is made possible by the choices we make.
Hundreds of years ago, history tells us that a certain nation, which we know today as the nation of Israel left Egypt. After 400 years of enslavement, they headed out to a land promised to their forefathers by their God. But Egypt did not release them without a fight.
That story reminds me about our lives. When we first see a possibility, it just doesn’t strike us immediately as the thing to do or the place to go. The sacrifices and adjustments that we’ll have to make along the way is never at the front of our minds.
Our hearts too may wrestle with the concept, idea or direction. You may have friends dissuading you, circumstances not lining up to your expectation or fear snapping at your heels. Yet we do know that when its time to move,its time to move!
Israel did finally leave Egypt; they were happy, the promise sounded good and of course they were finished with being slaves. Or so they thought.
There followed a 40 year sojourn in the desert.
Again so very familiar. When we are just about fed up with a certain situation or circumstance, say in our career, relationships or life, when we have revved up our engines and are finally rearing to go, that’s when all kinds of maddening delays come by.
Just when you are ready to move, and have probably made some good headway, obstacles begin to roll down your path. (However some of this “obstacles” are usually self- originating and those that are not, can be overcome.)
Now, the reason that the nation of Israel cooled their heels in the desert for 40 years was because they were not exactly done with their last level. History records that they kept longing for their former ways and life in Egypt.
What is keeping you in “Egypt”?
Still keeping his number even after your vowed to work on your marriage? The journey towards rebuilding your marriage will not be easy, and if a past fling is still an easy dial away, you will slide right back.
For you to make successful progress towards achieving your dreams or goals, you must be done with your past level. Dreaming is the easier part; living out that dream is more difficult.
So burn bridges, decide that you will achieve what you’ve set your mind to achieve.
The funny thing about hanging between two levels is that it induces some sort of amnesia (I guess it’s the strangle hold or something). The Israelites forgot the whips, the degradation and torture of their former lifestyle. All they seemed to remember were the “onions and garlic.”
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? We get a wonderful promotion at our work place which however comes with more responsibility and effort but where does our mind run to? The former “easier” life. We forget the low income, the funny neighborhood, the crappy office.
When it gets tough when repairing a broken relationship, what do we think about? That it’s too hard, it may not work out, better accept the “failure” and just go back to the way things were before.
We cannot afford to be mere dreamers. We must be doers!