Let’s admit it…discovering your dreams can sometimes be a foggy pursuit.
Do you want to be a better version of who God created you to be? Do you believe you were made for more than your current experience? Perhaps, then, you might consider tagging along with me on a journey through 2018.
I happen to be on a personal adventure with God, and I thought I would ask you to join me. Like you, I have not arrived in life. In fact, sometimes I feel way behind the curve! I don’t like saying it, but I’m still trying to figure out the deeper and broader dimensions of who I am. That may sound funny to you, coming from a pastor, but I’m no different than anyone else. We are all in a common struggle for the best in life.
All of us want change—to become better than we were. To be at peace on every front in life. To feel like we’re living with integrity in regard to who we are, and moving with passion toward our divinely written, and yet, unknown story.
In order to do that, there must be honest reflection and faith filled choices. We must come to believe the right things, or consequently, we remain anchored to the lies of our past, or imprisoned by our pains. I believe, right now, there’s a real call of God to leave the security of our religious and life structures that give us meaning behind church walls, to living in real life!
Yup…when all is said and done and the New Year’s party is over, there are some choices to be made. I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions here; but living in the transformative promises of God’s heart for each one of us in a real-life context.
Here at the beginning, let’s begin with a huge truth: God has not given us vain hope, nor a spiritual realm of fantasy. He has not bestowed upon us pie in the sky dreams. Real divine hope meets us in real life and draws us into what is truly possible for where we are planted. In other words, I don’t have to become something extraordinary in order to be somebody. I don’t have to be celebrated for my gifting and calling in order to find fulfillment. True hope has a real tangible lifestyle, right now.
Granted, “With God all things are possible,” and God can certainly do unimaginable things, but that doesn’t mean that every impossible goal belongs to us.
The hard truth is that so many of us live under the weight of personal guilt and condemnation because we’re not living into our so-called impossible dreams. But…what if our dreams don’t fit who we really are? What if we’re simply chasing a title for promise of money or prestige? What if our dreams are birthed from impure motives behind the guise of being a blessing to others? Or worse, what if our dreams simply aren’t real?
More than any other goal, God simply longs for us to have peace that flows like a river from our soul, and freedom that makes our steps seem easy. If so, then our identity must flow from who we are, more than by what we accomplish.
Let’s begin this journey with these Words: “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32, ESV)
Truth is at the heart of freedom—your freedom. 2018 will unfold into the best version of your story because you pursue goals that are an honest reflection of what the Lord has planted in your soul. It’s being honest with yourself and your creator.
So, make this your first step toward your greatest year yet by asking yourself: “Lord, what have you placed within me to do that doesn’t require any affirmation from anyone else?” Begin to say, “Yes,” to your deepest loves—your deepest groanings—and freedom will begin to burst forth from your heart as you confess what really resides within.
By the way, it might be good to write these things down before we move on.