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Journey To Freedom Foundation

P.O. Box 3344 • Palm Desert, California 92261
info@journeytofreedomfoundation.org

Hold on to Your Dreams

 

You may be in a difficult place right now, but one day, new doors will be open for you to walk through. You don’t have to walk through them by yourself; God will walk with you.

Don’t let your dreams die!

At some point, I think just about everybody has been tempted to give up, to throw in the towel. Don’t do it; treasure your dreams, and work so they come true! Life can be very difficult. Stresses can mount up. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You may feel like that right now. If you are, I want to offer you some encouragement. Countless individuals have faced difficult times and, through faith, determination and perseverance have emerged victorious.

Think about these famous “failures” who overcame their failings and made their dreams come true.

Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest basketball player who ever lived - “Air Jordan” was cut from his high school basketball team. He later said, “I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That’s why I succeed.”

Jerry Seinfeld, one of the most famous comedians and TV stars of our day - The first time Seinfeld walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience and froze. He stumbled through his material and was booed offstage. But the following night he returned, and when he finished, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

The Beatles - Decca Records chose not to offer a recording contract to the Beatles. An executive said: “We don’t like their sound. Groups with guitars are on their way out.”

Elvis Presley - In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Old Opry, fired Elvis after just one performance. He told the King of rock and roll: “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You oughta go back to drivin’ a truck!”

Vincent Van Gogh - Guess how many paintings Van Gogh sold during his lifetime. One! It was sold for the equivalent of about $50 (in today’s dollars) to the sister of a friend. But this lack of recognition didn’t keep Van Gogh from pursuing his dream. He completed more than 800 paintings. Recently, one of his paintings, Portrait of Dr. Cachet, sold for $82.5 million.

Walt Disney - Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” [I wonder if this editor has ever heard of Disneyland!]

Charles Schultz, creator of the “Peanuts” cartoon strip - Every cartoon that he submitted to his high school yearbook staff was rejected. By the way, Walt Disney wouldn’t hire him!

Abraham Lincoln, consistently voted one of our greatest presidents - Abe Lincoln failed in business. He was forced to file for bankruptcy. Abe turned to politics but experienced defeat after defeat. He couldn’t get elected to the legislature, to Congress, to the Senate or to the vice.presidency. Every two years or so he suffered a heart breaking setback, causing him to write in a letter to a friend: “I am now the most miserable man living.”

These are inspiring stories about determined, successful people. They failed, as we all do; but they refused to allow their dreams to be derailed.

You can bet that even on the days that Babe Ruth struck out, he still loved the game.

Even when Abe Lincoln couldn’t get elected to public office, he continued pursuing his passion to serve the people, just for the joy of it.

And Elvis and the Beatles loved making music and wouldn’t give up.

We can learn something from the experiences of these famous “failures.” While it is true that you may entertain certain dreams which you can’t fulfill right now, don’t let go of your dreams!

Life teaches us that new doors will be open for you to walk through. Have faith in God. Never let your dreams die!

My Action Step

Everybody fails sometime. Nobody is a winner all the time. We just have to learn to maintain confidence and faith in the face of failure. Put all your confidence in Jesus Christ, and you will be able to say, “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

God’s Encouraging Word

“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8.9, Contemporary English Version

Prayer

Lord, I have failed countless times, and sometimes it’s hard to keep a positive outlook about the future. My present situation wears on me, and it prevents me from pursuing some of my dreams. I ask you to give me more and more faith in Jesus Christ so that I might learn and grow from my past failures and make progress toward my hopes and dreams in the future. Amen.

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
Sample Chapters

Introduction
Forgiving Yourself
Forgiving Others
God Don't Make No Junk!
Dealing with Loneliness
Hold on to your Dreams
Changing Directions
Not Defeated, Victory!
God Loves You

Book Topics

Forgiveness
Day 1 - God Can’t Remember
Day 2 - Forgiving Others
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 27 - Forgive Yourself

Overcoming Personal Problems
Day 3 - Dealing with Loneliness
Day 4 - Hold Onto Your Dreams!
Day 11 - "Not my Fault"
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 15 - How to Win Over Worry
Day 16 - “Irregular” People
Day 17 - Peace of Mind
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 20 - Patience
Day 21 - Encouragement
Day 22 - Learning How to Deal with Hurt
Day 26 - Two Kinds of Fear

A Better Future
Day 4 - Hold on to your Dreams
Day 5 - God Don’t Make No Junk
Day 6 - Messing Up Doesn’t Mean It’s Forever
Day 7 - God Isn’t Finished With You Yet!
Day 9 - Letting Go – a Prelude to Adventure
Day 13 - Your “Dash”
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 19 - Failure Isn’t Fatal!
Day 24 - “Do it Now!”

Personal Faith
Day 7 - God isn’t Finished with You Yet!
Day 8 - How Much Faith is Enough?
Day 10 - The Bible
Day 12 - Changing Directions
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 23 - God Told Me Everything is Going to Be OK!
Day 24 - Do it Now!
Day 25 - If This is Not the Place
Day 28 - Keep Your Fork!
Day 29 - Not Defeat, Victory!
Day 30 - God Loves You

Journey to Freedom Foundation
P.O. Box 3344 • Palm Desert, California 92261 • info@journeytofreedomfoundation.org

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