One of your greatest gifts is the ability to see beyond your present state – to dream.
I encounter many people who are either stuck in the past, often with unresolved issues, or are totally engrossed in the constant demands of the present. It’s easy to get so caught up in going through the motions of everyday life that we don’t look beyond our current challenges.
But are we missing something? Can focussing totally on the present rob us of a greater future? Isn’t there more to life than just coping with what’s on our plate right now?
God has plans for our future. And it takes faith in God to see the dream He has for us come to pass. Why? It takes time. We live in a society that demands instant results – the God dream doesn’t work that way. It is all about God’s great purposes and plans He has designed for you – over a lifetime.
Many people ask me about finding God’s will for their life.
Here are some keys:
1. Most of us understand that we are part of God’s broad overall plan for mankind as a whole, but it’s good to remind ourselves that He also cares about us as individuals – including our futures! He has dreams He wants to build into your life and plans He wants to set in motion.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
This is why faith is vital. It takes faith to take my mind off day-to-day pressures and seek God’s desire for my future.
2. A dream can be a great source of motivation. A glimpse of what the future might hold can excite you and keep you going, even through times of disappointment or adversity.
3. Have the faith to imagine how things could be if there were no restrictions or limitations. This stream of thought can be very liberating. Allow yourself to imagine how things could be if a lack of money, education or previous experience were not obstacles.
The God Dream is a unique mix of your own specific spiritual giftings, natural passions, lifelong vision, Biblical values, and God’s calling and destiny on your life.
4. Finally we need to submit our own desires to God and follow His leading. In declaring ‘Not my will but Yours’ Jesus became our supreme example.
Thought for the week:
I’m willing to sacrifice my ideas for God’s plan.