What if there were no doubts, no insecurities, nothing holding you back? What would your heart tell you to do with your life?
Growing up, I heard people say, “You can accomplish anything you want. You can be anything you want to be.”
That’s not true.
There are some things that I can’t be. No matter how hard I try, I will never be a world-class horse jockey. Those guys are a little over 5 feet tall. I’m six feet and three inches. Even if I set my mind to understanding everything there is to know about being a jockey, I would never be as good as those smaller guys. They would always weigh less than me and their horses would run faster.
Similarly, I will never be a great opera singer. I could spend the rest of my life learning everything about classical opera. I could get training from the best voice coach in the world. But the point remains: I’m not a good singer. I don’t have the vocal chords. No matter how badly I want it, that’s just not how God made me.
Sometimes the culture we live in, or the people we associate with, can confuse us. Infatuation can pose as passion. When we see a certain profession or activity getting praised, we can decide that we, too, should excel at that activity—after all, we want to be praised. Don’t we deserve the same treatment and promotion as these others we see and hear about?
How about you? How are cultural, social, or family pressures informing your dreams and desires?
You’re unique. There is something for you to do and become that is unique to you. No one can be you but you.
You have gifts, abilities, talents, and experiences that God gave you. And gave them to you so that you would use them…So that you would use them to benefit the world around you.
What happens to food when it’s not eaten? It spoils. What happens to muscles when they’re not used? They atrophy.
Don’t envy the abilities of others. And don’t let your gifts and abilities atrophy. Use them!
Think about the things you have pursued in your life. What are they? What has been your motivation? When have you felt most alive, and that your involvement made a difference? What contribution to society would make you proud?
Answering these kinds of questions will point you in the direction of a dream—your dream.
Be honest with yourself.
Be true to your design.
What gifts has God given you? How do those gifts, abilities, and experiences shape your dreams for the future?
Take a few minutes and journal about your dreams. Maybe even write in the form of a prayer expressing your heartfelt desires about your life to God, and asking for help and direction.