From a young age, we are trained to think about the future. The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” is usually answered constantly throughout childhood. Our responses change as we grow up.
We might find out that our childhood dream of becoming a doctor is not for us who as young adults can’t stand the sight of blood. So we experiment with different jobs, internships, and classes in our attempt to find, “what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.
Until finally, we realize what we want. And now the problem is –how do I get there?
We start to work our way to our goal, but it starts to take a toll. We see ourselves successful, but we can barely afford bus fare. We see ourselves with our dream house, but we can barely afford the rent of our studio apartment.
So we get frustrated. We get discouraged. We see others succeed and wonder when it will be our turn.
When you start to feel like giving up on your dreams, remember these 4 truths.
1. Your dreams are safe in the Lord’s hands.
Our dreams need to be surrendered to the Lord daily. We might think we know what we want, but God knows what we need. When God is in control of your dreams, you can be assured that everything will turn out perfectly. It might not be in your 5 year goal timing, but it will happen when God wills it. So it’s time to “cast all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)
2. When things don’t make sense, God has a plan.
When you surrender your dreams to God, there will be times when things don’t make sense. Sometimes you might get an accounting job, but your passion is the arts. It makes no sense to us, but God always has a plan. You must understand the scripture, “‘my thoughts are nothing like your thoughts and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine’” (Isaiah 55:8). God has bigger and better plans for us. Our human limitations cannot comprehend all the things God has in store for us. Remember what Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope.” The Lord has divine plans for your life. We just have let go of our plans and surrender to His.
3. Dream the impossible because He is limitless.
When you expand your dreams to the point of impossibility, you know that the Lord is the only one who can fulfill them. This means it’s time to let go of limits. Stop limiting yourself to small and basic dreams. Dream bigger because you serve a limitless God. As Psalm 147:5 says, “Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.” Our God is willing to do the impossible, but are we willing to have faith to believe He can? Step out into and start believing that your impossibilities are always possibilities for the King of Kings.
4. Be thankful wherever you are life.
Remember that where you are now is might just be the beginning. God has bigger and greater things for you, but it will take time and devotion. Wherever you are in your life, God wants you devoted completely to Him. You trust Him enough to know that He has placed where you are currently. He hasn’t made a mistake because everything will work out for His divine purpose for your dreams. Be thankful for the doors God has opened for you so far. You are not where you want to be, but you are definitely not where you used to be. Allow for God to help you proclaim what Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
If you have given up on your dreams, it’s time to get up and start dreaming again. Don’t try to figure it all out on your own. Let your dreams go in the hands of the Lord. Walk in confidence even though things don’t make sense; God’s got a plan. Dare to dream outside of your comfort zone because God has so much more for you. Praise Him every step of the way to your dream. Just because you’re not where you want to be doesn’t mean that God’s not present.
Article: Relevant Magazine