For some reason, I like to test the ability of my car to drive in a straight line. There is no rhyme or rationale however, from time to time I remove my hands to test the wheel balance. The car always veers to the left of the road when I do this. Quickly, I place my hands back onto the steering wheel and align the car once again.
This pattern of behavior is acutely in sync with how we drive ourselves through life. For some of us, our day is predictable, organized, and under the harness of routine. For others, routine is the goal however; the association of an ideal and the reality of life - are chasms apart. Disability, either physical or invisible, can shift our goals temporarily. Furthermore, disappointment can get us off track, not to mention, a lack of focus. Figuratively, taking our hands off the steering wheel of our goals is such a small move yet the effect can be catastrophic.
We are not merely on this earth to be fashioned into self-gratifying individuals. We were created for God’s pleasure and glory. All of us have a unique fingerprint and whoever we are, from the least to the greatest; we have in possession the ability to excel above and beyond all that our self-limitations can imagine. God made us in His image and has a unique purpose for us. Individually, we were designed and equipped to fulfill what God has intended for our life.
Having lived in America for seven years, there has never been a time that I have entered into a store, library, business, church, or any other social circle, where heads did not turn 180-degrees because of my distinctive accent. It’s fascinating to me. My own perspective is much broader. I hear different accents from every person I come into contact with each day.
With laser precision, God knows our voice and each one of us is distinctive to Him. He knows how we think and what we dream about. We are made in His image and He adores us.
So what does driving and dreaming have in common? A whole lot! If I can use a metaphor, without control of the vehicle (which represents our character and goals), for the duration of the journey (which represents our choices, focus, and realistic goals), then we most likely will never reach our destination – our dream.
Has it ever occurred to you that God is the mastermind behind your dream? What stops you from achieving? Are you figuratively up against a wall, unable to conquer the climb? The victory is already at hand. If God created us in His image; gave us a body, receptors, a brain, and a soul, do you think He would withhold the means for us to reach our destiny?
Destiny comes from the word destination. There is a place where we are headed in life, and the obscurity is to figure out our purpose. The Bible uses the phrase “the will of God,” and this phrase is similar to a person’s destiny. The will of God is His plan for your life. The will of God is not mysterious; it is practical and down to earth. The will of God is not a set of marching orders; His will is predominantly expansive and slightly restrictive.
So, how do we remove some of the anxiety of the future, stay in the will of God, and live the dream?
STAY ON THE RIGHT ROAD
1. God’s expansive will allows us to choose within the set of options He avails to us. His options are based upon righteousness, holiness, and justice. People who have a problem with God will probably have a problem with righteousness, holiness, and justice. God’s will is expansive not restrictive. God allows us to choose within this realm and there are a lot of choices. We will reach our potential and meet our dreams when we make choices within the expansive, or widely extended, will of God.
KEEP YOUR TANK FILLED
2. Borders, boundaries, and edges surround the will of God. Adam and Eve were never allowed back into the garden. Eden was God’s will for them, but they stepped outside of Eden’s boundaries and lost their opportunities in that haven. God laws and rules are not a guilt trip to weigh down our lives. The restrictions within God’s will are designed to keep us in the fence of His will and to keep our power of choice rich. How do we understand the road map of rules if we don’t read and embrace them? Going through life without the best advice is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. His Word is our road map.
FOCUS AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS
3. The will of God is not a certain path and only path that must be followed or else. It is narrow but never a tightrope. God is interested in the way we walk the path of our life, not on which cobblestones or bricks we step as we navigate the path.
God’s will is to be discovered. It’s an adventure!
So much of our time can be pulled in directions that bare little relevance to what’s important to us. Daily we make choices that will bring us closer to our goals and dreams, delay them, or divert our attention long enough to dismay.
In finishing, a week ago, my husband leaned over in church and made this statement, “You’d better prepare to go.” My heart leapt. I have a dream. In October, I plan to go to School in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s quite an investment of money. Understanding that God gave root to my dream before I thought it possible, and knowing that He’s crazy about me, is enough horse power to drive me toward touch down in October. I’ve crafted goals to get there, aligned people in strategic places to fuel me along the way, and I have the best coach of all – my Lord and Shepherd, who will lead me every step of the way.
Do you have a dream?
Do you believe in the Lord Jesus, who, if you were the only one on earth at the time, would have died on the cross for your sins, and gifted you with eternal life? If you were to die tonight, are you 100% sure you would go to Heaven? The Bible tells us that we can know.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The Bible also says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
That’s our roadmap for Eternal security – Confess and Believe.
I pray that you secure your dreams, but more importantly, I pray that you secure your Eternal destination before it’s too late.
I love you and I believe in you.