The Non-Illuminated Path

Zechariah Newman —  October 31, 2013 — 12 Comments

Are you waiting for the whole path to illuminate before you take the next step? Before I started chasing my dream I was doing just that. Life doesn’t work that way. Still I figured if I read enough books and listened to enough teaching I would then have all the information so I could chase my dream, whatever that was. I was waiting for this straight, perfect path to be sitting there with no bumps and no turns like a runway. Good to go and clear for takeoff. Fly to your destination. There are good reasons for life not being this way. Frankly, I don’t know if I would have taken off on this flight if I would have known how turbulent and scary this would be. Your dream will be the same way. You won’t have the answers till you need the solution to a problem. I have changed my perspective and now I am happy I did not know very much about my path. I am excited; let’s look at why. These 3 things make it a blessing that you don’t know all the answers.

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1. Trust God. Chasing your dream will allow you the opportunity to trust God more and more. Nothing forces us to rely on our King than not having the answers. If you knew everything there would be no need for faith and hope. With each step we can hold on to this verse. Jeremiah 29: 11-13, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” What a great thing that you don’t know it all, but that you worship the one that created you who does knows your path. Call on Him today.

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

2. Fear. I am getting better at facing fear and telling it to bug someone else. Are you? Even with building this muscle I would be frozen in fear if I had the whole picture now. With the growth that happens in your life you will face bigger and bigger challenges. You are not ready to face the giants in your life ten years from now. You are ready to face the giants in your life today. Face your fear that has illuminated.

“Fear would have told the Wright brothers not to fly. Fear would have told Rosa Parks to change seats. Fear would have told Steve Jobs that people hate touchscreens.” ~ Jon Acuff

3. Growth. If I would have had the answers I had today, this blog would have grown faster. I am so thankful it didn’t. I have and will become a better and better writer. If you had your whole dream now it would fail. You and I have growth to do that only comes with practice. Practice and practice some more. You will be amazed at the growth that can happen over time.

“Don’t focus on the growth of the church; focus on the health of the church, as healthy things grow!” ~Brian Huston

So today be thankful you don’t have all the answers. You have what you need for today. In some way put footsteps toward your dream today. Do not wait till tomorrow. Be blessed on your journey.
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  • Eric

    Practical and purposeful. Simple and doable counsel, Zech!

  • Great thoughts, Zech! I’ve found growth and development allows us to always be moving toward a better future. The key is to always be growing in the areas of our God given purpose, niche and passions.

    • Very true Dan. Focused growth is huge!

      • Yes it is:) Keep writing great content!

  • Good stuff Zech. The first point really resonates with me. It wasn’t till I stepped out (in faith) and started moving toward my calling (dream, goal, desire) that God could begin directing me and making mid course corrections. And I love the Jeremiah 29:11 reference.

    -Blessings

    • Thanks Hutch. I have a very similar experience. Thanks for adding your thoughts!

  • Great three simple yet profound truths. I’m always trying to let go of my desire to control my path and leave it at the hand of Jesus. This allows me to seek first and foremost His Kingdom, instead of worrying over the details. Thanks foe sharing Zech.

    • Thanks Paul. We try to overcomplicate things don’t we. His simple truths are the hardest for me. I have had to repent many times for trying to pick back up my path.

  • Great thing about fear is that young people tend to have big dreams and older people tend to have a picture of reality. It sometimes feels like young people should have a healthy sense of fear and older people should have a greater sense of what they are capable of. Great thoughts brother!

    • Thanks David. Very true about a mix of ages. A must is getting young guys and old guys together. Perspective from more mature men has been huge for me.

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