Dreamer Workshop: Tip #3

Dreamer Workshop is a series with practical tips you can use to move forward and accomplish your big dreams.  Whether your goals are related to business or blogging, family or fitness, these tips will help you TAKE STEPS towards seeing your dreams become reality.

Find all the tips here:

Tip #1  | Tip #2 | Tip #3 | Tip #4 | Tip #5 | Tip #6 | Tip #7

 Tip #3: Do Work, Son!

“Hard work beats talent (but only if talent doesn’t work hard)” –Dr. Piers Steel

There is no way around it, friends. If you want to see your big dreams come true, you’re going to have to do the work.  The success of your business, marriage, family, blog, ministry, etc. isn’t based on luck, but on how much effort you’re willing to put in.

I find many Christians, myself including, feel if God wants our dreams to come true, then He’ll make it happen for us.  And in the mean time we sit around waiting for that miraculous moment.

But I believe God has put tools in each of our hands (gifts, abilities, passions, opportunities) and it is our responsibility to make good use of what He’s given us. Yes, He will bring the increase, but we still need to do the work!

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”1 Corinthians 3:6-9

What tools have you been given to use?  Are you doing the work, or sitting around waiting for a lightening bolt from heaven?

I do believe that God has perfect timing and sometimes He asks us to wait on certain things.  This happened to me with my book.  I knew for a long time I was going to write a book, but I only felt the go-ahead from God about ten years after I had the original idea!  However, in the meantime I prepared by getting my B.A. in English, writing articles, blogging, and refining my writing skills.

There was still a lot of work to do!!

There you have it, Tip #3.  Do Work, Son!

For more inspiration check out Tip #1 and Tip #2 and if you’re really keen, have a look at this article.

15 thoughts on “Dreamer Workshop: Tip #3

  1. Love this! I hear that attitude alot actually, that if God has it for us, He’ll just give it to us. But we need to always remember that He made us to create and to work and that “those who don’t work, don’t eat.” We have to do the work! But what an awesome reminder that He’s right there with us, refining us and preparing us.

  2. I 100% agree with what you said. So many people take for granted what they have. And even worse, I hear from some of my friends “well I got this degree in “x” and I’m working as “y” and its not what I’m worth’ but then again they don’t do anything really to better their situation or work hard to accomplish what they feel they are destined to do.

    I think I’ve been given the gift of teaching. I try to teach my son every day, little tasks like picking up a Cheerio or drinking from a cup. I love this. And maybe I’ve been given the gift of photography too…I definitely know that I love to take photos but I need to work harder at making my photography into something I love as in a final product.

  3. I couldn’t agree with you more especially about God providing. Yes God does provide us financially but money doesnt fall out of the sky, He gave us each different tools and talents to succeed in a career that will ultimately provide. You have to give to get!

  4. I’m finding it challenging and interesting instilling a good work ethic into my 4 kids (ages 9-15.) I lived in the country growing up so there was always good hard work to be done. In the city, it just looks different. I most certainly want my kids to know how to really work hard. In the same token, I also want them to know sometimes we can work as hard as we can and it still doesn’t happen how we want it to. And sometimes, it is just given to us freely. I’m loving these tips! It gets my brain churning for sure!

  5. I want to be doing His work as much as I can! That’s why I started blogging in the first place! I wanted to share of God’s love…but sometimes it’s hard…I want to be putting even more into it then I am! 🙂

  6. Just last night we were having a bit of an issue with our oldest not wanting to practice her guitar. She says it’s getting too hard. We had the talk about working hard being necessary to succeed in life. I firmly believe in that principle. I only hope and pray that she “makes” it. Isn’t that what we want for our children after all? 🙂

  7. So so true, I agree with your perspective. I also believe that with those gifts and talents of ours, that God doesn’t necessarily have a specific plan, (not always anyway)…meaning, there are many things we could “go for” depending on our gifts and talents. I think a lot of people get hung up on thinking something is so “god’s will” and then it doesn’t pan out and it leaves them lost and confused. I think as long as we aren’t sinning, and using our best abilities that He’s given us, then we ARE doing His Will.
    I loved what you said over on Luce’s Blog and what you said here about how it seemed like you waited in regards to your book but then BAM, it happened. I can’t remember exactly how you worded it on your guest post, but it was something like it might seem like you are waiting on God for a long time, but then He can act quickly.
    Anyway, loving you and your blog! I want to be a speaker!!!

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