"You can achieve the victorious life through deep dependence on Me. People usually associate victory with success: not falling or stumbling, not making mistakes... (However) it is through problems and failure, weakness and neediness, that you learn to rely on Me...
Invite Me to plant My desire within you. I may infuse within you a dream that seems far beyond your reach... deepening your dependence (even more) on Me." (6)
Many of us have come to know just how painful it is to be weak, flawed, hindered or mistaken in some way. Those of us who tend to be perfectionistic are more likely to be deeply disappointed with ourselves when we fail and can even give up on our God-inspired dreams!
In recent years I have come into a new dimension of personal peace over this. Realizing that some of my desires will most likely not be realized in this life, I simply trust they will somehow be honored in the next! I've decided I would rather life out my earthly life believing and making the most of even the worst, than to simply give up altogether. After all, some dreams may be more than just MY dreams... they may be God-inspired!
In this human journey, I can choose to experience a divinely inspired "growth spurt" each time I face a disappointment... discovering a gem of insight, gleaning a lesson learned, or a reason to be thankful in any life experience, even in the realization of dreams. This has been a helpful way to discover the secret joys and the profound peace of a life deeply dependent on Jesus.
Paul says he will boast in the things that reveal his weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest on him, delighting in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties. (2 Cor. 12:9-10)
Well, I may not be quite there yet, however I am...
Deeply Dependent & Deeply Grateful...dmc