Hope is possibility thinking! My Grandpa Schuller introduced me to this concept — to consider what is possible in your youth or in your old age. Considering everything you have, what does the future hold for you? How would my Grandpa Schuller answer that question? It’s very simple: If you can believe it, you’ll be able to achieve it. The opposite is also true: If you can’t believe it, then you will never be able to accomplish it. This is why we need to focus on our personal development daily. If this sounds too difficult for you, then just take baby steps. It’s a wonderful experience.
Personal development can take some time, but it’s worth it. Our church campus is in Orange County, California, and about 20 minutes from Newport Beach, a very expensive city on the coast. I find it interesting that this city was once a swamp! Developers came in and drained the land, created beachfront property, and guess what — they couldn’t give it away! They tried to sell it for $600 an acre, but no one was interested. They finally whittled it down to $25 an acre. People started coming in, but there wasn’t enough developed infrastructure, such as streets or electricity, so they left. What’s the difference between Newport Beach today and the swamp that was there many decades ago? It’s development!
Friend, you can turn any swamp into a paradise by doing one thing, and that is development. It doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. It is not necessary to accept the blanket of mediocrity by blaming others or saying you’re too old, too young, or the system is rigid. Continue to move forward with your dreams and goals through the Holy Spirit. Everything is possible!