It’s that time of the year to take life inventory, set goals, and start anew. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. This year, take chance by asking God’s guidance for a great new year in completing the tasks He has planned for you long ago. I did this a week ago when I turned 30. Not only is it a new year for me, but I am entering an new age bracket (very exciting!) These principles can be applied to all age brackets and at any time. According to Joyce Meyers: God created us to have goals and dreams and to be reaching for more in our life through Christ.
Ecclesiastes 5:3 says, “For a dream comes with much business and painful effort.…” This is why many people abort their dreams before they reach full-term. God plants a seed (dream) in them and they become pregnant. But when they find out it will take effort, be costly and uncomfortable to complete their preparation for the birth, they decide it wasn’t really God’s will after all and go and do something else.
I want to encourage you to go through the hard part because if you give up, you will never be completely satisfied.
1. The Power of Putting Your Expectation in God
When a woman is pregnant, we say she’s “expecting.” This is part of what we must do to reach full-term and not give up or abort the dream God put in us. We must keep expecting, be aggressive and talk to God about it, preferably every day because the devil is a thief and he wants to kill, steal and destroy the plans God has for us (see John 10:10).
It’s easy to fall into a passive attitude that says, “Well, we’ll just see what happens…” But we must resist becoming a “wait and see” kind of person. Instead, we need to be focused on God and determined to expect from Him, like David. In Psalm 27:13, he said, [What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Waiting on God is not a static, passive place where you’re doing nothing. It’s a time in your life when you aren’t taking matters into your own hands, trying to do what only God can do. You are waiting physically, but you are active spiritually, seeking His face and putting your trust in Him.
2. The Benefit of a Good Attitude
You can’t please anyone if you have a bad attitude. In fact, if you murmur and complain, people are probably tired of hearing it. And if we’re honest about it, we’re like this because we want others to feel sorry for us, which doesn’t do any good.
I know this from personal experience. I used to be very negative and feel sorry for myself a lot. I would complain to my husband, Dave, but he would say, “Joyce, you just want me to feel sorry for you, and I’m not going to do it because it won’t do you any good.” At the time, it made me so mad, but I’m glad he responded to me this way because he was right.
Eventually I learned the truth that no matter what is going on in my life, I can choose to have a good attitude. And if you have a good attitude, God will give you favor with people and in circumstances of life. While we can’t always choose our circumstances, we can choose how we react to them.
3. How to Live the Dream
So often our dreams are about us—what we want for our life or what’s good for us. But Jesus, our example of how to live, gave His life not for His benefit but for ours. Shortly before He was crucified, He was in a garden praying and He said, Not My will but Yours be done (see Luke 22). He came from the glory of heaven to earth to give us life. Everything He did was for us.
To really live the dream God has for us, we need to let go of selfishness, or “die to self.” What are some things we must die to? Things like our plan, our timing, our way, our reputation, getting credit for what we do, the need to be in control and the need to be right.
If you will give your life to God like Christ laid down His life for you, God will do amazing things in you and through you. It’s not easy but the reward on the other side is so worth it—the fulfillment of your God-given dream! Dream BIG and trust in God! For He will take you places you never dared to dream!
I love you dearly. I have always loved you. Nothing you do will keep Me from loving you. You are protected and safe. You belong to Me. You are my friend and beautiful bride of My son Jesus. You are My workmanship and my residence. You are blameless, righteous, and adequate because I have created you anew. You are strong and victorious in My strength. You are My light in a dark world. You are a citizen of My kingdom and a channel or My life. You are never alone. In face, you are seated right now with Me in Heaven. This is who you are and who you were created to be.