• Timothy Jemly

Give up on your dreams


photo by Steve Spezz

What are your most important dreams and desire for yourself?  What is the one thing you want your life to be about.  When you reach the end of your life, what do you want to be able to look back on and be satisfied that your life was well lived.

I had a lot of time to think about this (and everything else) the last couple months since I had a rock climbing accident that has mostly confined me to the house.  I broke my wrist, my hip and some ribs.  Needless to say that slowed me down a little.

I keep being anxious for God to heal me so I could get back to working for Him.  Because, that’s my goal, the one thing that I want my life to be about.  I want to make a difference for God, I know people are the only thing I can take with me to heaven and I want to take as many as possible.  I sometimes feel a little frustrated that I can't get out there and do more.  But God reminds me of this text:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10(NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Why is it that we are strongest when we are weak?

This is kind of a strange saying when you think about it.  It is a senseless statement, on the face of it.  Look deeper and there is a powerful truth.  We can accomplish the most when we are at our weakest because our weakness forces us to depend on God.  God is much more powerful than we will ever be.  When we are totally dependent on Him He is able to do things through us that we could never hope to accomplish by our power.  Weakness can also force us to give up on our dreams.

Why would God want us to give up our dreams?

God loves us and he place those dreams in our hearts so why would He allow something that would cause us to give up on those dreams.  As I study the life of Joseph, Abraham, David and many other Biblical characters I see that it is often the case that they had to come to the place of giving up on there dreams before God brought those dreams to fulfillment.  I believe this happened because God needed them to depend on Him for His power to accomplish the goal.  Which meant they had to give up on trying to accomplish the dream by their power.  They had to become weak so that they could be used by God to fulfill the dream.  Jesus said it this way in Mark 8:34-36 (NIV)

 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

What is is that you are pursuing in this life?  What do you want more than anything?  What is your number one dream for your life?  Being rich, having a family, becoming famous?  Or maybe it making a difference in this world, maybe your goal is to help as many other people as you can, maybe your dream is to be a missionary for God.   Maybe you want God to use you to reach 1000 people with the gospel?

Whatever your dream is (even if it is a Godly dream) this text says you must lay it down.  You have to deny yourself the right to pursue that dream.

What is it that is your innermost desire?  What drives you to do the things that you do.  What is it that you want more than anything else?  Whatever that thing is, it’s the dream for your life.  God is the one who put that dream in you.  He wants you to fulfill that destiny.  Perhaps life has beaten you down so hard that you have forgotten what that dream even is, maybe your dream has been reduced to survival.  God wants to give you your dream back.  The only thing is it has to be on His terms.  God promised Abraham a son, it was a Godly dream.  When Abraham pursued the dream through Ishmael, that is by human methods. God wouldn’t bless it.

As long as you are still pursuing your dreams by your power, God can’t help you.  He just keeps patiently waiting for you to reach the end of your rope.  When you finally get there, and you give up your dream.  When you realize that it is hopeless for you to ever achieve the thing you most wanted in life.   I will turn to Him and make Him the one true passion of your life, then He will come and in and will give you back the dream, risen from the dead so to speak.   But before that can happen we have to put the dream to death.  We have to offer it to God, and say Lord this isn’t the most important thing in my life.  You are!  When God truly is the most important thing in your life then everything else will find it’s place.

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