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Okay, admittedly, my dream changed along the way. Sometimes it went in one direction. Sometimes in another. But it was always my dream. Let me repeat that. It was always MY dream. And not only was it MY dream, but it fit in well with the AMERICAN dream. See, I was raised, and trained, and prepared, and educated, and influenced, and told, and encouraged, and pushed, and pressured and taught that MY life is for me to live MY dream. And MY dream should be a good fit for the AMERICAN dream. After all, the WORLD expected me to live MY dream. There was only one problem. I found no hope, no joy, no peace, no satisfaction, no fulfillment, and no real blessings in living MY dream in MY life for ME. Do you know what happened?
God gave me a NEW LIFE when I became a believer in Jesus Christ, and He gave me a new dream when I became a true follower of Jesus Christ. A believer believes. Jesus said a follower denies himself, takes up his cross, and FOLLOWS Him. The day I decided to deny MY dream and committed to live the life God set me on this earth to live, the entire course of my life changed forever. I know plenty of people who believe in Jesus Christ and still live THEIR dreams. I don’t live MY dream anymore. I live His. Why? Because I finally understand it is not MY life. I am His.
So much for the world’s ways, huh? So much for the American dream, huh? And so much for my dream, huh? Well, let me tell you something. My life today is unrecognizable from the way I wanted, or expected, it to turn out. But it’s not only the details of my life that look so remarkably different. The biggest thing that has changed is my heart. For today I want to live God’s dream for my life more than any dream of my own. When I got a hold of the Bible, dug in deep, and found out who God really is, and continue to do this daily, everything changed. He is so infinitely, eternally, and everlastingly, utterly, magnificently amazing that I would not take back my dream even if I could. I would rather live His.
I used to believe in MY dream. Today I believe in Jesus Christ. I used to follow MY dream. Today I follow Him. I used to live according to the world’s ways. Today I do my best to live according to His. I used to live for myself. Today I desire to live for Him.
Are you living your dream? Or are you living His?
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 NASB
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 NASB