Chasing the Dream

As I look back, most of the major life-changing moments found me; I really did nothing to make them happen.  I suppose I was where I was supposed to be - maybe that's something, but I didn't chase any dreams or follow my heart.  I just followed God - and He brought the opportunity to me.

Some might criticize and say that's too passive; it's not taking enough initiative.  Maybe, but I don't really see it that way.

Why would I burn time and energy in something that is either A. bound to fail, and B. (and worse) not God's will for me?  I know other people don't see God's will as something so tight and exact. In every case, I don't necessarily, either...but it brings me a great deal of comfort to know He has a plan and it's really not my job to 'find' it or chase it or figure it out.

Because, really, as much as this flies in the face of our Americanism, it's really not about me and my dreams.  And truth be told - you know the first 'Americans'?  It wasn't about their dreams either. In fact, this is what William Bradford had to say when he wrote the Mayflower Compact:

“Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia..."

Those first arrivals to America didn't come for themselves. They came because they saw themselves as part of God's plan, and as Bradford later related, even if they were only "but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work."

That doesn't really sound like the American Dream to me.  Doesn't even sound like the American Christian Dream.

We are willing to do what we need to do if it is a stepping stone to our dreams. But are we willing to be stepping stones in a great work of God, for His eternal purposes - whether or not it looks like the fulfillment of our earthly dreams?

This has a lot of repercussions if we live in a counter-cultural way like this.  The ripple effect is huge - both here and now for us and for what's to come in eternity.  But this kind of reminds me of another favorite quote by my man CS Lewis:

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
 

That's a little closer to the American Christian Dream - or what it should be.Aiming for heaven. Becoming a stepping stone. Letting go of chasing our dreams.

Might it be hard? Yes.

Include sacrifice? Yup.

Might it cost the release of chasing our earthly dreams? It might.

 

Worth it? Absolutely.

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