The Secret to Pursuing Your Dreams: What God Wants You to Know
Have you ever had a plan that didn’t quite pan out? Maybe you’ve had 2 or 3, or even 20 plans that never seemed to work.
Sometimes you think you have the perfect idea, you have the energy and initiative to get started, but then it eventually just runs out of steam or you hit a dead end.
This always seemed to happen to me when it came to following my dreams!
First, I wanted to write a fiction book. I brainstormed my story line and characters, I created an outline, and even wrote a few chapters. But after all that work, I just didn’t tend to make time for it anymore and it fell to the wayside.
Next, came a YouTube channel. I liked making videos and I dreamed of being a beauty vlogger (yes, me. a beauty vlogger), sharing my amateur tips and tricks with whoever would take the time to watch. But yet again, I quickly became discouraged and dropped the idea.
Other ideas and attempts came and went. And after years of failed plans, I eventually hit a wall. Finally, the Holy Spirit revealed to me why nothing I tried ever worked out:
I wasn’t putting God at the center.
WOW! What a simple, but oh so powerful, conclusion.
Ya see, our purpose in this life is to praise God and bring glory to His kingdom. This includes what we choose to do with our everyday. Our dreams, our passions. They should all be for Him, especially if you plan to make something meaningful and impactful out of it!
Psalm 127:1 says “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Without God at the center of your work, without the Lord as your main purpose and reason for doing what you do… all of your hard work will be unfruitful.
So, take a look at your talents and dreams. They’re probably really cool and interesting things. Now, you wanna know a secret? God gave you those talents and dreams. Yep, you heard right! Those awesome things that you might not know how to use, or may seem too big and out of reach were placed in your heart by God.
God’s Word says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). The Lord made you uniquely with your set of talents and passions, and certainly for a reason and a higher purpose!
We all have different things we’re good at and different goals we’d like to accomplish. As long as what we’re trying to do is good and in line with God’s Word, then it doesn’t matter what it is.
I didn’t fail at writing a book because I wasn’t supposed to write a book. The reason I didn’t succeed was because I wasn’t writing for the Lord. My subject, my mindset, it was all skewed.
The reason I didn’t become a popular YouTuber wasn’t because it’s bad to be a YouTuber. My plan failed because I wanted to vlog to fill my selfish desires of having fun and getting free makeup instead of honoring and pointing others to God.
And the reason that you may not be succeeding at whatever you’re seeking after right now, isn’t necessarily because you’re not meant to do that thing. It could all come down to your subject matter, your motivation behind your work, and all-in-all the reason you’re doing what you’re doing.
So what does this tell us? This simple point: it’s not about what you’re doing, but why you’re doing it.
The day the Holy Spirit revealed this to me was the day I began my journey with starting this blog. All of my talents and passions (writing, creating, inspiring) that I had tried to pursue in the past are now finally being brought to life in every way!
And it’s all because I decided to use them solely for the Lord.
I challenge you to do the same thing! Don’t just do what you do only because you like doing it. You have to allow your passions to take a purpose. And that purpose has to be for the Lord.
Don’t give up on your dreams. Give up on your selfish desires. Don’t be fueled by what you want to gain, but by what God’s Kingdom will gain and what other’s will gain through your work.
Here’s a little step-by-step guide to get you started:
First: List out all of your talents, passions, and dreams.
Second: Pray, pray, pray. Ask God to reveal how He wants you to use what He’s given you. Also, pray for courage to follow your dreams in faith and for a God-centered mindset.
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Third: Wait patiently for His answer, but don’t get too caught up in specifics. Remember it’s not always about WHAT you do, but WHY you’re doing it. If you already have a great idea and He's given you peace about it, then run with it. God will help you if you’re doing it for Him.
Fourth: Take your leap of faith. Go out there and do what God has called you to do.
If you’re willing to do this, then you will see progress. You will see purpose. And everything God has created you for will begin to flourish.
God wants to see His children succeed and do good for His kingdom. All you have to do is put Him at the center!
Yours in Christ,
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
“He who provides seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3
“May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4