Letting God Build Your Dream
Have you ever said the following phrase “I want to be a _________”, go ahead, fill in the blank. Now, let me ask you this: have you ever found the fill-in-the-blank changing? I know I have done that numerous times. From wanting to be a teacher to a magazine editor, to the first woman president of the United States. I even stood up in my kindergarten graduation and boldly declared into a microphone for all parents to know that I wanted to be a “police MAN”! Yes, I declared the “man” part after a teacher asked “a police, what?” I believe she was looking for the word “officer”.
What about this, have you ever said you “I want to _______”, fill in the blank with something you have wanted in life. Whether it be to travel, to buy a home, to have children, etc. My I want to’s include having a Southern style home (that is not in the South) where I can host people and love on them with God’s love. It’s to raise godly children to be a light in this world. To build a business that is centered on reaching and ministering to this broken world.
But case in point, we have all dreamt of becoming something or doing something in our life. The question is, how do we get there? How do we accomplish the things that we have on our heart to do?
Let me tell you a little something about “hustle”. As the girl who had her entire life planned out when she graduated high school, only to find that plan falling apart a semester after graduating, I have learned that God can take us places “hustle” can’t. Yes, you need to move and do in order for God to use you, but we are called to allow God direct our steps.
The New Living Translation puts Proverbs 3:6 like this, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
The Message says it like this: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
I’m sure I’m not the first one to experience life not going my way. I joked with a friend the other day that I created a plan for my life, made a copy for God, and handed it over to Him so he would be aware of my plan for my life only to discover that He had a better one.
When life doesn’t go your way, embrace it.
Embrace the fact that you know in your heart, that God has a plan for you: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, New Living Translation)
Know that God’s plan for your life is better than your plan for your life.
Know that HE will build your dream. All you have to do is work hard, be willing to be obedient, and most importantly, put your faith in Him and where He leads you.
I have discovered that many times, God’s ways don’t make any sense. They don’t line up with how we would do things or with how the world would do things. But every time you think of God doing something miraculous in the Bible it never made any sense based on the world’s standards. But we serve the God of the impossible, which is why He doesn’t work based on the rhythms of the earth; He works based the rhythms of heaven.
What kind of a life do you want to live? A life built on earth’s rhythms, or heavens? Let God build your dream, put your trust in Hm, and He will take you on an adventure.
New Living Translation (NLT)
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The Message (MSG)
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