Thursday, January 14, 2010
Stop Living In Dreamland
Greetings, my friends! To God be the glory!
I had a conversation today with the Lord because something has been weighing heavily on my mind. My friends, I have been wondering why it is that grown folk choose to live in "dreamland". My own, personal definition of "dreamland" is an imaginary place grown folk "park" so as to enjoy the what-if (not having faith), instead of the when (having faith). To realize one's dream, a person must first and foremost, let God lead the way. Proverbs 16:1 says, "To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue." (N.I.V.) In other words, the dream, the plan must be from God; it must have God's stamp of approval. Next, when you have the dream or the plan, ordained by God, you must be focused; dedicated and willing and able to put in hard work. I can guarantee you that if you do not let God direct your path, direct your dream and stay focused on that dream or that vision, you will be exactly where you are; that is, in dreamland. What makes me irritated is when grown folk talk about the "ifs". If I only had money, if I only knew the right people; if I only had a computer, if, if, if. As I had told you some time previously, a man of faith says "when", while the unfaithful says "if". See, what these false dreamers and visionaries do not realize is that we serve a God who provides all our needs, we just need to ask, in the name of Jesus. When we ask, in the name of Jesus, the money will come, the right people will be sent our way, doors will be opened.
My friends, stop living in dreamland, you are only fooling yourself, not others. I implore you to let God direct your plans and they will succeed. When God directs my plans, they succeed, no need for me to live a life that is not pleasing to the Lord, a life of "wanna be"; a life of "if". The author of the Book of Proverbs had encouraged me in Chapter 16, verse 3 to "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." He also warned me, in the same chapter at verse 9, that "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." (N.I.V.) I encourage you to submit your plans to the Lord. Dream big dreams, yes, but ask the Lord to direct those dreams. Remember, if it is His will, those dreams will come through no matter what anyone says. Get back in the driving mode, pull yourself out of "park" and submit your plans to the Lord.
Therese from Belize
Please stay in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. May God give them all the resources they need, may families be comforted with words of wisdom ad encouragement.