I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams lately. Not the kind of dreams that happen when you’re asleep (that’s another topic all in itself… usually brought on by eating too close to bedtime); No, I’m talking about the kind of dreams that you look forward to and think about in your spare time. You know… castles in the sky and all that.
I’ve talked about my plans before, like knowing what college I want to attend or what I want to major in. More and more these things are seeming real, but go past college and it all seems so far off. Things I’d like to do, places I’d like to go, people I’d like to meet, and what I want to become. They’re not set in stone, they’re just things I’d really like to do some day. From small stuff like working in an ice cream shop or having a whip cream fight, to bigger desires of writing a book or getting married.
All of them spring from the gifts and strengths that God has given me and the unique person that He has created me as. They revolve around the things that interest me and what I enjoy. Sure, I may be a bit more adventurous now than I will be in a decade or so, but at the moment that doesn’t hinder my imagination.
Want proof? Just take a look at my ever growing Bucket List.
I wonder about that list, you know? How much of it will I accomplish? How much will it change as I grow older and more mature? I’ve seen other people’s bucket lists that include the desire to check off everything before they go, but that’s really not important to me. The only two things that are a must on that list are to trust God and follow His plan for my life. It’s not mandatory that I visit Germany, become a professional photographer, write for a living, say “I do,” or even go on a missions trip.
Sure, I’d love to do those things and I can be thankful when I’m able to check one off, but I cannot allow that list to become essential. The moment that I put anything on that list above God and His plans for me, I have my priorities in the wrong place. As soon as I say, “But Lord… I want to do it my way!” I am telling God that I (with the little knowledge and insight that I have) can plan my life better than what He has already written. Imagine that! Better than the God of the universe who can see all things and has ultimate knowledge. It seems silly when you put it that way, doesn’t it?
Now I’m not telling you that bucket lists are sinful. Not at all. It’s okay to plan and dream to some degree, as long as it does not distract us from our relationship with Christ. But in the end we must realize that God is the one who has penned our tale and He will ultimately direct our steps.
A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
And the truth is, if we truly trust God, thinking about our future should actually draw us closer to Him as we look forward to the things that He will do through our lives.
And Eternal Perspective –
We also must remember that this life is a breath and its joys only trivial when compared to the eternity that awaits us. We are in this world, but we are not of it and all these material things that are before us will eventually pass away.
“We are to be in two states: the one in this world, which is an imperfect state; the other, in the World to come. The present state is short and transitory, but our state in the other is everlasting.” -Jonathan Edwards
You see, I don’t want to put all my hopes and dreams for this world ahead of my treasure in Heaven. I don’t want to set my heart completely on things that are temporary and forget that I serve an eternal God. Because my greatest desire and my noblest dream is to follow God and put my treasure in Him, knowing that this is where my heart truly belongs.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Luke 12:34