We all have dreams and desires. Some want to start a business; some want to travel; some want to work with kids; some want to work with computers; some want to write a book.
But where do those dreams and desires come from?
Are they part of a selfish nature and need to be reigned in, or altogether turned away from?
Or, are they given to us by God, part of a divine purpose for our lives?
Our belief about where our dreams and desires come from will dramatically impact what we actually do with them.
If we see them as a selfish or negative thing, we’re always going to feel guilty and torn.
If we see them as a gift given to us from God, part of our divine purpose, we’ll feel freedom, perhaps even a responsibility to put them to good use.
Growing up, I think I had a funny mix of the two. For whatever reason, I felt like it was OK to follow my dreams and desires to a certain extent, but then I needed to stop and leave it at that. Any more and I would feel I was too self-centered and needed to come back to “reality.”
I see it differently now.
I believe we’ve all been put here with a specific purpose in mind. And the way we discover what that purpose is, is by following what we enjoy and the things that come naturally to us. We discover our purpose by pursuing our dreams and desires.
And of course, we need to be responsible and smart about it. But we’re going to stay frustrated and unfilled in life unless we’re doing something to work towards those dreams that have been placed within us.
Our belief about where our dreams and desires come from matters. Are they bad and part of a selfish nature? Or, are they a gift given to us by God, part of a divine purpose for our lives? The trajectory of our life will be dramatically impacted by which of those two questions we agree with.