There are so many thoughts running through my head on what I should write about. Its almost as if I had left myself a path with breadcrumbs and each crumb is an idea, the only problem with that is, I can’t seem to get to exactly what my heart longs for me to say.
All of that being said, I know one thing for sure, I’m utterly terrified of my dreams coming to fruition; I’M TERRIFIED. There are so many questions running through my mind at all times – is this my dream or Gods dream in me? Am I even capable of doing this? Am I good enough? How the heck will this even come to be? – The list is endless, it could probably wrap around the world like 6 times and still keep going.
We live in this society where peoples dreams only come true because they “get lucky,” or where everybody is telling you that you can change the world but nobody actually believes you can. Telling someone they’re capable and that you believe in them is great, but until you give them a chance to prove themselves its essentially just a lovely idea. I think that’s what’s scary, our dreams are so big that we can’t see how they’ll be accomplished and you have all of these people telling you you’re amazing, but not actually giving you the chance to rise to the occasion.
There’s a quote that says something like “if your dream doesn’t scare you then its not big enough, because if you don’t need God its pointless.” I could be totally off on that quote but it makes sense.
If we look in the bible or throughout history, that’s what we see, people relying fully on God to accomplish their dreams. I mean look at Sarah, God promised her a son and she didn’t have him till she was 90 (see Genesis 18-21) Look at Michael Jordan one of the best NBA players in history, he got cut from his first team and took years of practice and now every one looks up to him and he’s a house hold name.
Real dreams are not easy, they require you to work hard, they require you to make sacrifices, they require you to not rely on your own strength, and most of all they require you to put everything you have in what God can do in every situation.
Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Honestly that’s the most amazing part of having big dreams, you have to rely totally on God for anything good to even happen in the long run. There is a plethora of scriptures that just solidify that fact, too.
Ephesians 3:20 (ESV)
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”
Hold up! Before you think I’m done, I’M NOT!
What about the whole not feeling good enough or worth it or all that nonsense or even knowing that the dreams are from God?! Well, that’s all stuff we have to deal with too!
So the first part about being good enough is easily summed up in Matthew.
Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
I say that because look, it says if God is gonna pay attention to the tiny little wild flowers in fields that no one will ever even see, like how much more is he going to be with you. PEOPLE SEE YOU ON THE DAILY. I just foiled any argument you had in that arena! BAM!
Ok, now onto knowing if your dreams are from Jesus.
- Test it against the word of God and see
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)
“But test everything; hold fast what is good.”
Psalm 34:8 (ESV)
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
James 1:17 (ESV)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
So right there, test it against what God says, hang onto the good stuff, God is the good stuff and he’ll give you the best stuff.
- If it doesn’t align with Gods will run far away from it…
Proverbs 28:26 (ESV)
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered”
All I have to say to that one is LOL. If you trust in yourself you’re literally a fool and if you trust in God and walk in his wisdom, you’ll be delivered! That sounds like a good deal to me!
So at the end of the day you may be terrified out of your mind about your dreams but the formula is as simple as giving everything to God and listening to what he says about it and then letting him give you the drive to accomplish them. See what I said though, the formula is simple, it is not easy; letting go of the control we think we have is not an easy task but it is definitely doable.
I should stop writing now before this gets way too long to read! I do that some times, but hey, I love to write. I love every single person reading this, and while I cannot give you opportunities to follow your dreams, I fully believe that you can accomplish them. You are amazing.