From the time we are schoolchildren, we are regularly assured,
“You can be anything you want to be. Just dream it, and it will come true.”
Do an Internet search on “following your dreams” and you’ll come up with everything from Dream Believe Achieve (or, Dream Believe Receive for the Christian version) to You Can Do It! Just Believe! (Christian version: God Will Do It! Just Believe!)
We all have dreams, desires, hopes, and aspirations — part of being made in the image of God is that we desire to create, just like our Father. The significant difference between us and Him is that while He creates out of nothing, we create under His guidance, teaching, and direction:
“To a man belong the plans of the heart,” Proverbs 16: 1 tells us, “but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue,” and in 16: 9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
These verses take us beyond inane reassurances that Belief alone, and enough of it, will lead us to our goal.
Read the rest of the article at When Our Dreams Never Come True, which is at my BeliefNet column, Commonsense Christianity. Please follow the link, because I can’t publish the whole piece in two places.
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