How many of us have had an idea, a vision, or a goal that has been placed on our hearts, and before the excitement for the vision has even began to settle in, discouragement floods it out? If you’re thinking “ohhh me”, just know I’m right there with you!
Sometimes before we even get past the thought of our vision, or maybe even when we’re ten steps into our plan, we get discouraged. We start to disqualify ourselves from the vision, and begin to believe that we don’t have what it takes to move forward. The discouragement that comes from having a vision and not knowing exactly how to execute it, or just the overall feeling of being unequipped for the job, can leave us feeling overwhelmed and puzzled.
Alongside of feeling puzzled, I think that it’s safe to say that the final product of our ideas, visions, or goals resemble a finished puzzle. Our “dilemma” is that we may not have the artwork for what the finished puzzle is meant to look like, while we have a few of the puzzle pieces to start with; or we do have the artwork of what the finished puzzle is supposed to look like, but we don’t have all of the puzzle pieces to complete what we envisioned.
While we assemble our puzzles, we have to figure out what pieces go together, and where to find the missing pieces that seem so unattainable in the moment.
Then, we face what seems to be another dilemma; just as we’ve found a steady flow and all of our pieces are coming together well, we hit a road block of confusion and hardship that changes our pace. Often times we’re still putting together the pieces of this puzzle after we thought we would be done with it, and if we aren’t careful and we allow discouragement to get the best of us, we become defeated, because everything isn’t coming together as we imagined it would, which leads us to believe that we will never finish the puzzle, or that we were never meant to start it in the first place.
I’ve struggled with feeling unequipped to fulfill a vision, or move forth with an idea that has been placed on my heart. The discouragement stems from feeling like I lack the proper knowledge, skills, or tools, to complete my vision. On the biggest scale, my discouragement stems from lacking trust in God and His abilities.
Focus on the Truth
What helps me overcome this discouragement is focusing in on the truth, giving up the delusion that I’m in control of everything, and trusting in God and His timing.
We can find some truth that will help fuel our motivation in Psalms 37:4
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
The truth is that if we align ourselves with the Lord, then the desires that have been placed on our hearts, are ones that He has put there, and with that bit of truth we can focus in on the fact that God says...
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Which means that if God is the one who put the desire of a certain vision on our hearts, then it’s a plan that contains welfare and hope in order to give us a future. God’s plans for us aren’t evil, so in the midst of discouragement we can be encouraged to know that just because the journey is taking longer than expected, or we don’t have all of the pieces to complete the puzzle yet, doesn’t mean that our vision won’t come to fruition.
Things take time to come into fruition because:
We need the time to develop, learn, and to grow. Through time and experience, we become qualified, and obtain all of the resources that we need.
Time allows us to gather all of the missing puzzle pieces that we didn’t have at the start date.
There’s a level of faith that is meant to be increased through these seasons.
Take heart and trust in the Lord and His abilities. If He has placed a desire to fulfill something on your heart, then He will provide avenues for you to be successful. You just have to align yourself with Him, take one step at a time, and trust that He will reveal and provide you with all that You need to carry out His plans for you.
Meet Alicja Oshiokpekhai, LYBM Voices Coordinator
Alicja Oshiokpekhai is a 24 year old graduate from Texas Woman’s University. She was born in Germany to a German mother and a Nigerian father, and moved to the United States in 2001. She is an inspirational blogger, and serves on the team as our LYBM Voices coordinator! In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, learning, and growing with her community.