And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. (Genesis 37:5 KJV)
It will all start with a dream!
I love to read success stories. From Thomas Edison, a man who tried 10,000 times before succeeding with inventing the light bulb to Sam Walton, founder of Walmart who started his store with a $20,000 loan from his father-in-law and has grown it to thousands of stores across the world today.
These stories, international, regional and local - ALL THRILL ME. Do Not Give Up on Your Dream!
Thomas Edison would have had much NAYSAYERS, LAUGHERS and SCORNERS around him and I believe this prompted a young reporter to ask Mr. Edison if he felt like a failure and whether he should just give up now. Mr. Edison's response was, “Young man, why would I feel like a failure? And why would I ever give up? I now know definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work. Success is almost in my grasp.” Shortly after trying over 10,000 times, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.”
Most dreams only came through with HARD WORK, DETERMINATION and ENDURANCE.
Like many of the success stories of today, there is one that always touches my heart and prompts me to go on even when I sometimes feel like giving up. This is the story of Joseph. From the moment he had his first dream, and told it to his brethren, they HATED him.
People will hate you too for your dreams and aspirations. They won't understand you. They will write you off and call you a fool. They will be constantly JEALOUS of you. They will call you down and embarass you when you make mistakes. They will constantly MALIGN YOUR NAME AND TRY TO TEAR IT APART AT HOME, ON THEIR JOBS - EVERYWHERE. I definitely know about that!
Don't get down - it's all apart of the shaping process before you reach your destiny!
Like JOSEPH, who went through ROUGH WATERS before finally reaching his destiny and living out his dream - You Can't Give Up Now! It wasn't until years after that his dream in Genesis 37:9 came to pass. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
He was actually made ruler after being sold as a slave and spending time in prison. His family had to acknowledge his leadership and go to him for help. Like Joseph's brothers who stood in amazement at how far he had reached, there will be those around you who thought that you'd not amount to anything, they will SUDDENLY stand amazed that you really became TOTALLY SOMETHING!
Don't give up the dream! In pushing for the top - ensure your eyes are on JESUS who'll be at the top of the ladder encouraging you to go on.
Success is almost in my grasp! Success is almost at YOUR grasp! Don't Give Up! Hope Is Ahead!