The paths we take in life are influenced by many different circumstances and scenarios. Many of these are of our choosing, while some are not. We find ourselves travelling paths that take us through many twists and turns and sometimes, to unfamiliar places.
Unfortunately, not every path that we take result in God’s desired outcome for our lives. Many of these paths can prevent us from walking in the will of God. Romans 12:2, reminds us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good and, pleasing and perfect will”.
Our aspirations can be influenced by many things that do not reflect the will of God for our lives and too often we disregard His will and proceed with our selfish plans.
Let us evaluate our aspirations:
Conceived by someone else
You may not have had control over your life’s path in your younger years and those who were in a position to guide your decisions, might not have taken the time to really examine who you are. They might not have taken the time to prayerfully consider what path God wanted you to be on.
They might not have paid careful observations to your natural interests and inclinations but instead have had goals and ambitions for you that fit a particular esteem but may not have been what God intended to be His will executed in your life. And so, you end up fulfilling a dream that you did not conceive, carrying a mantle that was not meant to be yours and therefore being unfulfilled.
Many persons choose to remain along this path and not try to explore other areas that might be more in line with what they might be feeling is God’s will for them. They continue to have dreams and aspirations in areas that are not the most suitable for them.
Following the crowd
The dream that you so desire, is it really what you want to do? Have you ever sat down and dug deep down and ponder, am I interested in this just because everyone else is?
We must carefully assess our dreams and make determinations about whether they fulfill God’s purpose for our lives or whether our inclinations are out of some other selfish desires. We must ensure that what we are doing will reflect His will and purpose for our lives.
We should ensure that we are not just doing so because it is a popular avenue to be in at the moment, because in the long run the dedication that will be required cannot be sustained on a whim or fancy.
Sometime we become interested in a path because we are looking at the glamorous nature of the exterior. We are not privy to the behind the scenes struggles, so we hinge our assumptions on the result of the hard work that is often unseen.
This cannot be our main motivation for making an idea a dream because the success of others is not necessarily a reflection of what ours will be like. Everyone is different and often times what seem like it came easy took a lot of effort and hard work.
It is the effort and hard work behind the scenes that makes the end result so glamorous. Nothing comes easy, everything takes work especially if you want to be really successful at it. Remember that what seems like glitz and glamour is just the end result of someone else putting in the hard work, burning the midnight oil, toiling while others are asleep.
Means to an end
Often we aim for a dream because it’s a means to an end. It seems like an easy way to acquire much needed resources. It is not that there is any special love for these particular activities, it is just a means to an end!
We take a job we don’t like or a task we don’t like because we are in need of the resources it provides. We are in a situation at the moment where it is just the easy thing to do. The quickest way to acquire resources to cover a perceived need.
We need to wait on the Lord, trust him, seek him and find out how we can be used of Him. How we can make our lives a vessel for Him. How we can dream dreams that will ultimately reflect His nature and how we can fulfill them. We can instead, “ Delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4 NIV)
Are you willing to pursue God’s dream for you? Are you willing to try His way? Are you willing to dream His perfect dream for your life? Remember that you are a work in progress as I wrote about in this post and Paul remind us in Phillipians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns”.
Prayer: Father, I thank You that You know me more than I know myself and that You know what’s best for me. Help me to surrender my selfish desires to you, as I seek to dream Your perfect dream for my life. Help me to make wise choices that reflect Your will, in Jesus name, amen.