A friend made a simple comment today on Facebook that prompted a thought that I’m sure I’ve had plenty of times before, but it prompted a response today in the form of this post. His comment was simply, “Gonna Be a Long Day”. I’ve also heard others say (and I know I’ve been one of them) things like, “I wish the weekend would hurry up and get here,” or “it’s gonna be a long week, dreaming of the weekend.” It makes me think, “how much of our lives are we wishing away only to spend a Saturday in uncommitted, lazy bliss and the next day dreading the return to the life (week) that we dread?”
I believe that through some of my own struggles, that God has ignited a passion in me to see people break out of leading the life that they dread and go after the life that they look forward to and love! I hate seeing people drudge through their day to day lives with their only relief being the weekend or some short vacation. If this state of life is not identified, then one day, these individuals that are aimlessly trudging through existence, will come to the end of their lives and realize that their God-given potential has gone untapped. Life is way too short to dread the day to day.
In the Bible, James 4:14 says, “Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].” Given that passage and the short amount of time that I have, I want it to count for something. I don’t want to let fear cripple me into a safe life. Let’s be honest, if you were to ask 10 people if they were happy and fulfilled in their life, I’d bet 8 or 9 of them would tell you “no”, that they’d really like to be doing something else with their lives. The inspiring truth of the matter is, there’s really nothing or no one standing in our way of pursuing that greater purpose or that dream of an existence. Now, don’t confuse that last statement with a declaration that achieving your dream life will be easy because it most likely won’t be, but during the process of going after a dream or a life you love living you will experience what it really is to LIVE.
You may not know what your dream is or you may have just had a dream and lost it. I was one of those that had a dream growing up and then lost sight of it. When I really started asking myself what I’d like to be doing with my life, or what I felt like God had put me here for, I had a real hard time answering that question. Through continuous searching and a real craving for that purpose, I feel like God has once again restored a dream inside of me and I know he will do it for every single person that really seeks out his perfect plan. I have to be honest, the dream that God gave me isn’t one that I would’ve ever dreamed up for myself and that’s one of the things that really makes me believe it’s from him. The cool thing however is, even though I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of this dream on my own (and it seemed really random at the time) it has the potential to involve all the things that I dreamed about and enjoyed when I was younger. Pretty cool how that works out.
So, I say all that to say this; don’t let any “man-made” obstacles (you) get in your way of living a life that you love EVERY day. We are so much more powerful than we realize and we are bigger (through Christ) than our circumstances. God did not send his son down here to give it ALL, so we could live a mediocre existence. So have a serious heart to heart with God and let him know that you’re ready to live your life with purpose and then look for his answer.
I’m not there yet but I’M GOING FOR IT!!