Work is tough. Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and He told them that work would be hard, it has been just that. I grew up believing in the American dream. That a person could find employment doing something they enjoyed. At first I did, but over the years things have changed. Now, work is hard and it isn’t enjoyable at all. There are good moments, but mainly those moments are on a personal level.
In these current times we, who try our best to be Godly, are often thrown under the bus, lied about, ridiculed, and mistreated even though some of the treatment goes against the business code of conduct.
If I had things my way I would be living in an RV, traveling across America, writing. I want this kind of life. I desire this life with everything in my heart. Then I read Proverbs 16:9:
We plan the way we want to live, but only GOD makes us able to live it.
My faith in God requires that I believe this from God’s word. More importantly, I live it. The worst thing I could do is try to make the life I so desperately want happen. I yield to the truth that if God wants it to happen, then it will, but in His timing, and in His way. Hopefully doing so will help me to be wise.
“When the dream is unleashed”
Do you have one so deep down inside you some people close to you don’t even realize it. How long has it been there? Do you know when it will be unleashed? Does carrying it around every day hurt?
I’m talking about a dream. A desire to do something for God. Perhaps more people have them than we would know. There are those who want to be in one form of ministry, or another, full time. Not just to minister on weekends, or part time, but all the time. Not getting that opportunity can hurt, and at times it makes getting up and going to work somewhere we don’t want to be extremely hard to do.
Yes, I have one. I can relate to Joseph in Genesis 35:7, “Joseph had a dream.” I desire more than anything to become a full time author, and public speaker. I write where and when I can. I try my best to be faithful with the time I have to minister with words. I struggle to, but I know I need to be content where God has me now. There are people where I am now that need to be ministered to full time.
I am learning this: to be faithful where I am today, and that practice will prepare me to be faithful where I want to be. If you have one, I know what you are going through. If you would like to be on this special list of God dreamers, so that I can pray for you as well then let me hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org As I have shared with another just this past week, it stays with me, but you can know this; there is at least another who understands what you feel, what you want, and what you cry out to God for, that the dream will one day be more than a dream. It will be your life.
As I mentioned last week I was going to a writer’s conference. I did. As a result the mechanics of writing is in the fore front of my mind. As I was walking around the campus, and thinking on what those that have “been there and done that” taught me, I was also searching God concerning a host of thoughts. One of those was about you.
One of the nice things about writing is the fact there is usually time to re-write. This act creates many drafts of our first words. Even up to this point I have hit the backspace key seven times. During my walk God reminded me life is different than writing. In life we only get one draft. No rewrites, and there is no backspace key! Wouldn’t it be nice if there was? You could take back what you said, or did.
You only get this one time, now, to live life. This is why life is so precious. How you choose to live your life is important. For there will be a day when you stand before God to give an account of how you chose to live your life. It is at that time God will perform the final edit. As it says in Hebrews 9:27 “Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences.” (MSG)