“an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,” says in Matthew 2:13 (NRSV)
Do you have a dream in life? Are you searching for a life that matters? A kind of life that matters to you, your family, and the world. Do you know what God wants for you? If you do, how much attention are you giving to maintain your focus on it? Have you asked yourself why God wanted it for you? Or, do you know why you want what God wants for you? What steps are you taking to align your heart with God’s dream for you?
Make no mistake. Pursuing your God-given purpose in life can be challenging and will not happen without facing obstacles. Along the way, people or situations may arise to discourage you and make you believe it is not worth pursuing. Often, the challenge comes from yourself. Apostle Paul admitted this when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:15, 18b). How do you strengthen your desire to do what is good that is strong enough to make you do it? Can you do it alone? Does help from a friend feel uncomfortable to welcome? What benefits of having a companion on the journey? A friend or someone that shares a common faith, passion, and commitment to pursuing your dream. What else do you need to carry on in this adventure of chasing a life that matters? What will you do today and in the days ahead to make your dreams come true?
Take courage with the Scripture that says, “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, NRSV). Go with the knowledge of God’s desire to give you a life that matters. Don’t forget that you matter to God. When your dream seems to be nearing your reach, don’t forget to thank the people that have been the source of encouragement and support to you. Celebrate your wins with them. Of course, go back to God with thanksgiving. Don’t get tired of dreaming God’s dream.
Prayer Song: Come, Let Us Dream by John Middleton
Come, let us dream God’s dream again
Come, one and all, let us ascend.
the mountain top where those of old
saw God’s new day on earth unfold.
The lame shall walk, the blind shall see,
the doors swing wide, all prisoners free,
the lowly raised, the proud brought low.
This is God’s dream: let justice flow. Amen.