Reaching for the Stars


Dream for something greater

Don’t dream for something you know you can easily achieve. Dream for something bigger than yourself. Write down your goals and why you want to achieve them.

Last February I was also reading Prayer Circles by Mark Batterson. He said,

Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers. (ch.2, p.15)

If it’s something bigger than us, then He gets the glory.

Ask God

Give your goals to God. Since it’s bigger than yourself, let’s call it a God-sized dream.

Remember that no matter how well-prepared for you if you’re up against God, all odds can come up against you. But if He is for you, favor will come your way.

You don’t have to pray to this and that saint, only pray to Jesus, He’s enough. And because of Jesus, we can “come before the throne of grace with confidence and present your requests to God.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Tell your Friends

Sharing my dreams with church and work acquaintances, friends and loved ones helped me. They helped me keep the dream of topping the LET and believe that the dream is possible.

Thea Tupe

The author is among the Elementary LET topnotchers last March 2015

I had so many people praying with me for my dream, that I told God that it would be a shame for His Name if this didn’t happen (although my heart was willing if it didn’t). Whether you succeed or fail, share it. Don’t be afraid of failing other people. You don’t live for them. You live for God. And He will be your peace. Batterson said, (ch. 5, p. 48),

You cannot build God’s reputation if you aren’t willing to risk yours.

Remember your dream and why

Put your dream to heart and remember the reasons you want to achieve it. This will help you keep trying, discipline yourself and have hope when you’re starting to think about giving up. If you say your dream is for God and to glorify Him, don’t give Him up in the process. For me, it was graduation day at my work Saturday before the LET day. I had asked for a leave knowing I would still need time to review and rest.

That last week heading to the LET day, I was asked to speak at the kindergarten graduation of my High School alma mater. I didn’t know what to answer. Since they couldn’t get another person, I agreed, concluding that if I was dreaming for God, then I wouldn’t turn down this request and opportunity to lift Him up.

Budget your time

With the time that you have left: months, weeks and days, schedule your goals—to finish covering, reading and doing drills on this topic this week, and then this one another week, or these two in this week.

Be sure to leave time in the end to run through everything again. If you think there isn’t enough time, spend most of it on your drills. Check them and review the drills. Try again and see how you fare better. Keep testing and reminding yourself. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. It’s for you.

Trust God

Trust that though the probability is little, the possibility is high because your God is great. James 1:5 (NIV) says,

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Have your peace and rest in Him

If you feel like you don’t know what to do next, pray. Pray as you study that God will give you wisdom, a sound mind and direction. If you think you can’t, remember to whom you prayed. He’s trustworthy and loving. He is the Rock we can lean on. Don’t let your peace be taken away from you.

About Thea Tupe

Seventh of seven children of pastor-missionaries, I graduated from People of Grace Christian School in 2009 and Grace Christian college in 2014, Bachelor of Elementary Education, major in Special Education. I’m on my second year of shadow teaching a grade one student and a grade seven student for Math at Tabernacle of Faith Christian Academy. My dream is to change my family, community, city and country for the better with understanding that “good education” is not enough.

One Response to Reaching for the Stars

  1. Joy 2016/04/12 at 4:13 pm #

    Amen! Thanks for sharing your testimony, Thea. That’s inspirational. Thank you.