Dreams, Goals and God’s Will: What Are You Living For?
Written by Christi Given | October 30, 2011
There is a song by Switchfoot that I love called “This is Your Life,” and the lyrics say:
“This is your life, are you who you want to be?”
If you could ask yourself, “What do I live for? What makes me excited when I wake up in the morning? What motivates me throughout the day,” what would your answers be? What are your goals and dreams?
I know that writing music, singing, being creative, film, fashion, design, art, performing, writing, and learning inspire me. I am grateful to have recorded several demos and I am recording my first album this fall. I have three songs on iTunes, I am hosting for a Christian network as much as possible and writing for Project Inspired! I am pursuing music and journalism and I am loving life! You can pursue your dreams too. When you put God first, God will add all of those dreams, hopes, and God-given desires unto you when you glorify Him!
God has created you divinely and intricately for his purposes. If you don’t know what you desire for your future, or don’t know exactly what you want to do, ask yourself what you love to do or what are you good at.
The Lord has created us with different passions for his glory and purpose. Many people get swept up in the ambitions of success, money, fame, or power. Some get an education and some get swept away in the “party” lifestyle. We all are living for something or someone.
“These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world. The world and everything that people want in it are passing away, but the person who does what God wants lives forever” -1 John 2:16-17.
How can we determine what we should be living for? I know that I want to live for God with all of my heart, mind and soul. I want to give him back every gift he’s given me, because He is worthy and because it will be far better than the plans I could have for myself.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” -Jeremiah 29:11.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” -Proverbs 16:3.
We know that in this life we get the opportunities to serve God, or serve ourselves. We can either serve God and seek him, or we can worship money or the things in this world. Our culture emphasizes the glitz and the glam, money, cars, and celebrities. There is more to life than fame, power or good looks. This doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things or take care of yourself, but the problem is when people worship these more than God.
It says in the Bible, the Living Word of God:
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money”-Matthew 6:24.
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? ” -Matthew 16: 26
I encourage you to pray and ask God what it is he wants you to do with the giftshe’s given you, thank him for what you have and ask Him how you can serve him with your life.
Listen to Switchfoot’s “This is Your Life” song for encouragement! May you be blessed.