Are You Pursuing Your God-Given Dreams?
If you had unlimited resources, time, etc..... what would you do? What would be different? What would change, if anything? And, more importantly, what would you pursue?
Most of us have dreams of the kinds of people we would like to become. We have dreams about the kind of legacy we would like to leave behind--what we would love to accomplish in life.
And far too many of us decide that the immediate cost of pursuing our best self, our dreams, our legacy is too high to pay right now. As a result, we become easily daunted by all of the steps that must be taken to achieve our goals.
Author Teilhard de Chardin notes that our problems generally lie in our inability to "trust in the slow work of God." He goes on to say:
"We are quite naturally impatient to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that is made by passing through some stage of instability--and that it might take a very long time.So what do we do? How do we pursue our goals and dreams with holy abandon? Well, the short answer is to surrender our outcomes, trust God and step out in faith, but it's easier said than done. It's also very tempting to become distracted and stymied by the tyranny of the urgent.
I read this short verse today and it spoke volumes to me:
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves." - Psalm 68:19-20The part that stood out was the phrase, "... God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens."
I feel like most of us struggle to pursue our dreams because we haven't figured out that God is so incredibly near to us, so present in the world around us.
We haven't figured out that this God longs to daily bear our burdens if we are willing to surrender them, and to help us step forward into our future, unburdened and free.
But when we finally get it---that God will daily bear our burdens--we discover the freedom to pursue our God-given dreams, the ones we would chase after if we had all that we needed.
And we find this freedom because we also realize that we do, after all, have everything that we need to step forward in faith. Because all we needed was God, who was there all along.
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.