Life on Purpose: Where dreams begin

Written by: Emily Pelley

One of the things I truly love about God is that His dreams and plans for us are way bigger than we could ever come up with (Jer 29:11). I think sometimes we pray that God would just help us out so we could just barely manage to achieve that personal goal, or get that job, or heal that broken relationship. I think what we forget a lot of the time is that God is not at all worried or stressed about His ability to come through. We make the mistake of seeing an all-powerful God through the lens of our own human frailty.

God desires our lives to be lived with Him. That every day we would know Him more and understand His character. When we are in this relationship with Jesus, He puts dreams in our hearts for what this life could look like when we are surrendered to His plan. He wants our lives to be beacons of hope that point back to Him. So, what do we need to understand about the dreams God has put in our hearts? The vision that God has given us for our lives and the lives of our family members?

While we trust in the dreams and vision He gives us, the answer is not in seeing a final picture, but in the daily experience that contributes to the intricate tapestry of our lives.
If God has put on your heart the people in your community who are in need, you need to ask yourself- what do you have to contribute today? What love can you show? How can you make a difference? I find a lot of people become overwhelmed with these questions, often sighing with discouraged resignation, but how can I fix things? How can I make anything change?

Let me encourage you. God is not asking you to fix everyone’s problems, to heal broken hearts, to restore what was lost. No, that’s His job.

What He is asking you to do is to be faithful and take a step out. Love someone. Show kindness. Write that song that has been on your heart. Have that conversation you know needs to happen. In the book of Zechariah, it says:

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…”
Zechariah 4:10

This verse is really calling out our pride which so often points us away from what needs to be done today with an attitude of, “oh someone else can handle that”, or, “God has something bigger for me to do”. Let’s examine our hearts. What are we not doing today because we feel God has something bigger and better for you to do?

Who knows…maybe someday you will lead the biggest rescue mission in the country, or be a world-famous author, or the prime minister of Canada! But today…what does today look like? It looks like living life on purpose- not dismissing anything as too small or ineffectual. God rejoices to see the work being done. So if it is in your path to do, could this not be an important piece of the larger picture- the dream- that God has for you?

The whole point of this life is to walk each day, each moment, with Jesus. Don’t put off an opportunity today to work, to show love, to believe God for your dream. And trust that God will bring together all things for your good (Rom 8:28). Trust Him with your dreams and walk faithfully- purposefully- through each day.

Have you never heard?
 Have you never understood?
 The Lord is the everlasting God,
 the Creator of all the earth.
 He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
 He gives power to the weak
 and strength to the powerless.
 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
 They will soar high on wings like eagles.
 They will run and not grow weary.
 They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31