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    Dreams, Goals and God’s Will: What Are You Living For?

    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.

     

    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    17 COMMENTS

    1. The last sentence in 1 John 2:16-17 was one of the verses spoken this morning at my church! Once I listened to the song by Switchfoot, I realized I heard it before, not very often, but a few times on the radio… I love the song! 😀 Great article, by the way! I love the question, “Who do you live for”… it reminds us that we should be living for God and give Him all the glory!

    2. I want to be what God wants me to be! I may only be 13, but yes, I have emailed the counselor from the college I’m going to. And yes, I have definate plans for myself 8 years in the future.

    3. I love this!
      The line “I encourage you to pray and ask God what it is he wants you to do with the gifts he’s given you, thank him for what you have and ask Him how you can serve him with your life.” really encouraged me.
      I always hear people say “live for God, not for yourself” and then they don’t explain how. But this article did, very simple, but effective :).
      Thanks for this, it blessed me <3.

    4. Hey i really like this blog and the creator. But i want to know the objective and its significance. its really uplifting also and i like the way your sharing the truth despite the people that criticizes or mocks it. And yes God is good and whether people know it or not He is th only creator there is, therfore we should all worship Him and continually thank Him for His love for dying for us. God bless! <3

    5. I feel like God has been calling me to work at this christian camp i go to every summer for the past 7 years to be a counselor when i’m in college. but my mom doesn’t want me to work there. she loves the camp, but doesnt understand how i’ve been impacted myself. i want to help impact someone’s life, with God’s help for sure.

    6. I definately have plans for the future! I want to go to Kent State university, major in Dance, minor in American Sign Language, graduate, dance professionally, teach in a dance studio, interpret sign language part time, and possibly get married somewhere in there!

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