"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." -- Mark 11:22~25
Do you want to know the key to success? Read this passage from the Bible over and over again until its message will sink into your mind.
Fast forward to many years later. I was already an young engineer working in Amkor/Anam Philippines, a big semiconductor company located in Laguna Technopark. In my 1+ year stint there, I rented together with a whole bunch of guys from Cebu an apartment somewhere in Pilar Village, a middle class subdivision in Las Pinas. Everyday I saw families riding their cars while I was riding a tricycle. Yet despite my rather “economy class” travel arrangement, I always told myself that I don’t want to have a car. I had a whole list of reasons, but the truth was, I was afraid and I had doubts over myself – I believed that learning to drive was extremely difficult, that driving was dangerous, and that I couldn’t afford a car. It was only for the rich. Absurd? Maybe to you, but to me, my beliefs were real. In reality, I was never short in cash (I was still single with a high-paying job), but I was short in dreams…and faith, as well.
Fast forward again to several years later. I was already a full-pledge buffalo with three children. I was short in cash with bills to pay, but I had dreams, and lots of faith. One of my dreams was owning a car (finally!) out of necessity. And last year, my dream was turned into reality; God blessed us with a brand new 2009 Suzuki Alto.
Up to this point, some of you might be thinking, “You’re tooting your own horn, man.” Lexus is something to toot about. My point is, the quality of our life can extend to as far as our dreams, but it’s our beliefs that create our reality. Our belief is the key; our beliefs can make or break our dreams in life. Our belief is the key. There is a saying that goes like this, "If you think you can, if you think you can't, you're right." My personal belief is, "If I will believe that my prayers will be blessed then it will be because Jesus said so." Do I still have to work on my dreams? Of course. My need to protect my wife and children from the natural elements made me dream of owning a car, and my faith in Jesus oschestrated my efforts that concretized my dreams (how it happened is a story in itself). Anyone can dream, but not everyone has the right beliefs. At least not yet.
To believe, you have to have a believable reason. Some reasoned that because they are BS/MS/DR graduate or super smart or savvy negotiators or business-minded or highly-skilled or big shot in their company/industry or MVP, so they believe that they can reach their dreams in life. They are partly correct. I used to be one of those 'some'. But I changed. I don’t know about you, but to me the word "I" is not enough. The name JESUS is all the reason that I need to believe that through His name I can reach my dreams. And I have higher confidence in my belief now than before.
There is one more question we should ask ourselves though before we embark on our journey to success. "Will we be happy when we get there?" Think about that, and choose your dream wisely.
PS1: It’s easier to believe in what Jesus can do to your life if you have a personal relationship with Him just like it’s easier to believe to a close friend than to a complete stranger.
PS2: Dreaming for a material thing is OK as long as you really need this or you want to bless someone who really needs this. But our ultimate dream should be our salvation; things rot or get stolen, but our salvation is for eternity.