Today I am dumbfounded... to witness firsthand how the equation: planning + working hard + persevering = reaping of harvest.
My second brother Bobot has lofty dreams. But when his profession as a radiologist started, he had second thoughts of whether becoming a doctor was a good choice or not. Money was not easily obtained in the beginning of his career. He also experienced the stigma from others that having that kind of job will make you instantly rich, yet he isn't. There was also pressure to give his two growing sons a good education by sending them to reputable schools.
After many years of study to earn a diplomate in medicine and fellow, as well as to establish a career in his field by buying shares from hospitals and clinics and the trust he obtained from his patients and colleagues, his profession thrived. He was obsessed and passionate with what he did. Days off were never part of his vocabulary because he grabbed every work opportunity offered to him. He mused that he was tired. Yet he continued to be focused and constantly envisioned his goals.
Some of his friends had to work abroad and be away from their families. He was thankful he didn't have the need to trod the same path because work was available here. His other allies migrated to the other parts of the country where competition is not as stiff. Again, he was thankful he need not go to a foreign place to establish his career.
To date, he is reaping and harvesting the rewards of his hard work. He now owns a and recently purchased an FJ Cruiser for his wife without having to loan from a bank. He can also afford to give lavish gifts during special occasions to my parents to requite the goodness and sacrifices they have previously done for him.
There are definitely no shortcuts to having a good life unless you were born with a silver spoon and I am continuously in awe at how our Father blesses those who work hard, has the right mental attitude and the desire to serve!