by Paul Van Dyke
When you posses an innermost spirit and desire. When your dye has been cast. When your decision has been made. When you have chosen to step over the line, stand up and be counted and become a disciple of the determined. When you won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. When your past has been redeemed. When your present makes sense, your future is secure. When you are finished and done with low living, light walking, small planning, smooth knees, sullen dreams, tame vision, mundane talking, cheap giving, dwarf goals. When you live by faith, and lean on your strengths. When you walk with confidence. When you are lifted by prayer and labored by love. When your direction is set, your gait is fast, your goal is real, your road is rough, your way is narrow, your companions are few, but your guide is reliable and your mission is clear. When you cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. When you will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, pause in the presence of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. When you won't give up, let up or shut up until you have saved up,stored up, prayed up, paid up, and become the person God intended you to be. When you are committed, that's WHEN...you stand out from mediocrity. When your desire dominates your doubt, When your purpose in life is greater than your problems, that's when you will be BOUNTIFULLY BLESSED!