Regardless of your present position in life, there is need for you to have a dream and the desire to see your dream come true. Your salary or income level, notwithstanding, you should have a dream and then a desire to fulfill the dream. According to Joseph Epstein, “what distinguishes us from another is our dreams and what we do to make them come true.”
The Lord has given all men equal access to 24 hours per day, equal access to air and equal opportunity to dream and imagine whatever we choose to, as much as we can. This equality is divine and not related to our status in life – financial standing, educational attainment, colour or grade. The ability to dream and desire is freely and generously given to EVERYONE. But it is regrettable that many people hold themselves back from dreaming and even desiring. Who knows why such people are afraid’ of dreaming and desiring the good things of life, which includes owning a house of their own?
“You need to have a dream if you want to make a dream come true.” Some people think that they should first have the money saved up somewhere before they are qualified to dream and desire a house. It is at this point that most people miss their place in life. In fact, this is one major point that distinguishes the RICH from the POOR. Maybe, such people do not know the song that says, “You .need to have a dream if you want to make a dream come true”.
THE PLACE OF DESIRE
“We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it” — Donald Curtis. Most dreams, imaginations, purposes and plans fail because they were not backed up with a desire. Desire is the drive or the sustained and consistent urge to see something happen or come to pass as soon as possible. Hear what the Bible says about desire:
- “O LORD, you have heard the desire and the longing of the humble and oppressed. You will prepare, strengthen and direct their hearts, you will cause their ear to hear” (Psalm 10:17 AMP).
- “You (LORD) have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips” (Psalm 21:12 NIV).
- “LORD, all my desire is .before thee; and my groaning is not hidden from thee” (Psalm 38:9 KJV).
- “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving towards all he has made. The LORD is neat to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them” (Psalm 145:16 — 19 NIV).
- “What the wicked fears will come upon Him. But the desire of the righteous will be granted” (Proverb 10:24 NAS)
I have taken time to lay emphasis on the place of desire because the project of building your own house requires total commitment. Until you are ready to give in, one will only be making a wishful thinking.
SETTING A GOAL
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible in bringing our desires to reality.
- Set a goal to buy your land.
- Set a goal to commence building your own house.
- Set a goal to move into your own house. Set a goal to stop paying house rent to someone who is not more gifted or intelligent than you. Some landlords do not earn more than their tenants. What they may have is more wisdom.
- Set a goal of when you want to secure your accommodation freedom.
“Early to bed, early to rise”
The saying, “early to bed, early to rise,” is applicable in the quest to owning a personal house. In developed countries, people can afford to buy their first house even while in high school. Such quest is made possible because of the level of awareness and the existing opportunities provided by good governance.
However, in the case of developing countries such as ours and considering the low purchasing power, lack of savings culture, high family dependence syndrome and bad governance, anyone aspiring to own a house should begin early. As soon as one begins to earn an income, certain amount should be set aside towards actualizing this dream.
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
“Everything is possible for him ho believes”
– Mark 9:23 (NW)
To most people, so many things are not possible. But to you reading this book (or listening to the tapes from this book), I want to say all things are possible because you believe. However, there are two conditions that must be met before all things can become possible:
- You must have God on your side and not against you. Hear what the scriptures say. “With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.” The book of Romans 8:31 (KJV) says: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
- You must believe that you can build your own house. “If you do,” said Jesus, “everything is possible for him who believes” Mark 9:23 (NW). So concerning building your own house, let God be on your side and believe it. That settles it.
NAME THE PRICE YOU ARE READY TO PAY
“Nothing is free under the sun”
One of the days while driving to my new house having just moved in, I began to have the feeling that the place was too far from my office. Suddenly, a voice came from inside of me, ‘that is the price you have to pay for your freedom from house rent, shylock landlords and from working all your life for other people.” Thereafter, I had peace and the distance became insignificant to me. This brings us to the question, “What price are you ready to pay in order to build your own house?” Some of the prices may include:
- Having to relocate.
- Living far away from your office area.
- Leaving the comfort of the environment you are used to.
- Having to begin to set aside some money for your own house
- Reducing the amount you spend on entertainment.
- Reducing the number of vacation you take.
- Having to work a little harder to earn more.
- Having to change your job
- Cutting down on your expenses
This list is endless but you must be ready to pay a price. In actual fact, nothing is free under the sun. It is either you are paying for it or someone else does. But in this case, only you can pay this price. If you allow someone else to pay the price for you, you will still remain his tenant