Why I Need to Lay My Dreams Down
As a millennial and a blogger, the idea of chasing your dreams is shoved at me every where I turn.
On my newsfeed...in the books I read...it's everywhere.
We are being taught that if we don't 1) figure out what our dream is and 2) chase it with everything we have, then we are not living our lives to the fullest.
And what I'm learning is a bit different.
In Lauren Daigle's song, Trust in You, she sings:
Letting go of every single dream I lay each one down at Your feet Every moment of my wandering Never changes what You see
I’ve tried to win this war I confess My hands are weary I need Your rest Mighty Warrior, King of the fight No matter what I face, You’re by my side.
When asked about her heart behind those lyrics she told Kevin Davis with New Release Today:
"I heard this story once," she said. "There was this man who went to help Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and upon his arrival, she asked if there was anything she could do for him. He said, "You can pray for me and pray that I have clarity." She told him no, she wouldn't pray for clarity because that was the last thing he was holding onto. He asked what she meant and was surprised she wouldn't pray for clarity for him. She said 'I've never had clarity, I've only had trust.'
"That changed everything for me. That's what I was seeking so diligently. I was asking God to show me His will. I wanted God to show me His will, and it was my heart's desire to follow it."
This really struck a nerve with me.
You see, in my many pursuits of starting new blogs and online businesses, I've been seeking clarity.
I've been trying to figure out what my future is going to look like, instead of trusting what God has in store.
I believe that God has given us dreams and talents and gifts that we should use to glorify Him.
But I don't think we should necessarily be chasing this sort of end goal of finally being whoever it is or doing whatever it is we dreamed we would.
I think I need to stop living for a dream that I am trying to create and start living for the dream God has me living in.
It's one thing to be grateful for and use our gifts. It's a whole other thing when those gifts and dreams become our God - when the joy we pursue our dreams with becomes greater than the joy we pursue Christ with.
That, is a recipe for discontent and emptiness.
So from this point forward, I am letting go of every single dream.
"No longer will I pursue my dreams and fear that I may not achieve them. I will pursue them and trust that God is ultimately in control of them."
Not in that I will stop writing or doing the things I love to do, just that I will no longer strive for achievement, but instead obedience.
No longer will I pursue my dreams and fear that I may not achieve them. I will pursue them and trust that God is ultimately in control of them.
No longer will I hustle to try and make something work now. I will trust in His timing and continue to work daily with the time and the resources He has given me.
God didn't give us dreams so that our dreams could become our god. He gave us dreams so that we could walk with Him, in them and through them.