I grew up in rural Kenya (Africa), without electricity, running water, tarmac roads, phones, indoor plumbing and other things we consider ‘necessities’ in our modern world.
I was last of nine children and my mum was a farmer and kept our loud home running while my dad worked in the city but commuted daily.
(My shoe, I must have been around 5 or 6. I still remember cutting off the strap at the back of the heel when my foot grew too large for the shoe!)
My childhood happy-spot was spending long days in the Savannah and forest, herding our animals and playing with my older sister and our friends.
We climbed trees, ate wild berries and plants, fell off cliffs, played hide and seek (mostly hide) with Maasai warriors, burned charcoal, refereed and participated in fights and brawls (and reaped the wrath of our mum), nursed nasty wounds, collected firewood.
My not-so-happy-spot was farm work. And every other kind of work.
At our home, there was no shortage of work and there was no way to get out of it.
Come rain or shine, we tilled many acres of land, planted, weeded and harvested crops by hand, lugged manure and took care of zero-grazed animals.
From an early age, I dreamed of leaving the grind and toil of farm life to a place of lights, ease and “being famous”.
Even though I had a bad stutter, I dreamed that one day people would listen to me say big things.
I imagined having lots of money, nice clothes, being clean and smelling nice.
Why am I telling you this?
This past Monday I attended a conference about shifting mindset.
The theme of the conference was you cannot upgrade your life until you upgrade your thoughts.
You and I have a dream. I don’t know yours (feel free to share by leaving a comment below) but I want to build cities with God.
I want to strengthen and transform marriages.
I want to save marriages before they start.
Where did it all start?
From childhood, dreaming of “stardom” and money and control, without a clue what that meant or entailed.
God put a restlessness within a child and caused her to dream beyond her circumstances.
Obviously my thoughts weren’t polished or near balanced at that time. But I had a seed all the same.
Now I am still learning this big lesson,
A seed isn’t enough to complete the process of a dream.
A dream without intentional efforts, thoughts and actions remains a mere wish.
Obviously it is God who plants the seed and causes it to grow. But we partner and work with Him ( 2 Cor 3:7-9)
I’ll share three main things I took away from the conference.
I must upgrade my faith. Dream higher than before.
I must upgrade my thoughts – stop standing in my own way.
I must upgrade my actions – take more intentional steps.
The last step is a big one for me because I can easily slip back to dreams and longings minus the actions.
Today I want to leave you with these thoughts;
If God can do something with a responsibility phobic little ruffian like me, He can do anything with you.
The “carrot” that first attracted you to your dream will not last long.
Believe me, fame and wealth is not why am chasing these dreams of mine. I finally understood the big picture, that my reward is doing His will.
So even though that “carrot” fades, it ought to spur something in you, ought to push you to the next level.
The level of intentional faith and thoughts and actions.
So don’t quit today because your dream is taking longer than you want it to.
Don’t give up on God because you don’t feel Him now.
Don’t quit on yourself because you failed yesterday.
Question – What area needs an upgrade in your life? (Faith, thoughts, actions) Please share in Comments below.