Once upon a hyper-proactive day, I wrote up a list of components of my dream job. In my mind, I sketched out exactly what the position would look like and the kind of place it would be in. A sample title sat on my imaginary desk.
That was the goal. That was the dream.
Onto frustration, I have yet to find a place like the one I hope for. The job title, as best I can tell, doesn’t exist. The position is too cobbled together to find already listed somewhere.
Yet, sans title, sans position, sans formality, I’m living much of my dream.
That list of things I love in a job? I found it recently. If read like a checklist, it’s all crossed off.Living my dream doesn’t look a thing like I thought it would. Click To Tweet
I’m so glad for that.
We doer-dreamers have a tendency to get so captivated with the shape of the model that we miss the purpose of it. When someone speaks a title, we pull out the book we’ve already written. If we’re offered an opportunity, we have more expectations to meet than thanks to give.
In short, we can be so fickle about the look of the dream that we overlook the fit of it.
Even if we’re smack dab in the middle of living what we long for, we sometimes can’t see past our false images. Instead of revelling in the living of it, we revere our ideas of it. We wear dreams too small or too big for us and ignore the discomfort.
I’ve watched this as friends have longed to teach Scripture to hungry listeners, but have been too busy for lunch with a Bible-starved friend.
I’ve been saddened to watch people call life-changing, real-life ministry “worthless” because no one else acknowledges it or calls it ministry.
I’ve done this myself as I’ve longed for a particular kind of new friendship, only to overlook already-friends seeking the same type of relationship with me.
What’s that saying about missing what is right in front of our faces?
Let’s ask God to enlighten our eyes. What we have, what we’re living today, is in God’s timing and provision. He doesn’t let anything go to waste. He delights to give us our desires when they align with His will.
God, who gives the dream, sees it through. We’re often just clueless as what it actually looks like. Embrace the surprise. Rejoice today in the pieces and parts of dreams that, like each of us, are both in the making and already made!
What part of your dreams are you already living?
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