Everyone who has ever lived or died had a purpose to fulfill. Everyone has dreams of the future and regrets of the past. But it’s how we live our life that determines our purpose for tomorrow.
When I look or walk through a grave yard I see one thing; countless untold stories, unwritten books, unsung songs, new ideas that have never been formed, or adventures never taken. It breaks my heart when someone doesn’t live to the full potential that God has placed within their lives.
Remember the Disney movie “UP”? The story follows the last days of an elderly man, who has lost everything he’s loved. His wife died, and his house is being taken over by land developers who were placing a skyscraper in its place. In an act of anger, he fills thousands of balloons and lifts the house right off its foundation.
His goal is a grand new adventure to the place in where he and his wife wanted to build a house. It was an exotic land where dreams came true–beautiful waterfalls and cliffs rising above the river. Along his journey he meets a boy who is in a Boy Scout troop. They encounter great danger and adventure. The only thing the old man cared about was a scrapbook his wife made of all their adventures before dying.
He was set and determined to finish the last adventure he and his wife never did and then die at that place. At the end of the movie, after many mishaps and the feeling of failure, he decides to read the last few pages of the scrapbook. In it his wife said her life with him was her greatest adventure and that he should go and make new adventures and live his life to honor her memory by creating new dreams.
Discover God’s plan.
God’s desire is to see us prosper in everything that we do. He has the perfect future for us to accomplish before we die. What we do with the desires and dreams he’s given us is up to us to fulfill by His grace. He’ll give us the plan and the tenacity to finish the race set before us, no matter what we set our hands to. And by his grace, we’ll prosper.
God’s plan is bigger and broader than what we could do on our own. Because God desires great things for us, we have to be willing to lay aside our desires and dreams–resting each upon him–so that he may be glorified by giving us the desires of our heart. It’s the act of laying them aside that gives God room to move in our lives.
Fulfill your dreams.
We are destined to live a life full of purpose. How we think and how we act determine our attitude toward life. Our thoughts and all we dwell upon, drive our character.
He thinks the world of us and wants to see us succeed. So, like our elderly man in “UP”, we are to head out and create adventures filled with purpose, because we are created with a destiny to fulfill.
Jeremiah 29:11; “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
When we align our dreams with God’s plan, he places his blessing upon our lives. Unless we quiet our souls, by listening to the voice of God, our dreams, desires and plans will not come to fruition; and those plans that are blessed by him.
Do you have a dream in your heart? Whether you’re wanting to start that blog, write that book or begin your own podcast show, you can see your dreams fulfilled by taking action. Dreams come by first being still and seeking God’s heart for your life.
Don’t live a life of regrets.
In the movie, “UP”, we find the man had all these regrets, because he never lived his dream of building a house by the waterfall. He wanted to have all these adventures, but life took over and those dreams dissolved with time.
Maybe you’re life is similar, you’ve regretted the choices you’ve made or the dreams left behind; yet, you still desire to see something exciting to happen. Don’t let life pass you by as you go about your day-to-day grind. Entrepreneur Jim Rohn said this, “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
It takes discipline and dedication to see dreams fulfilled. But too often, we don’t add those two necessary ingredients to our lives. In the end, we look back with a life of regrets, simply because we didn’t take action.
You don’t have to live a life of regrets, like the man in Disney’s UP did, you can see your dreams realized and fulfilled. It will take dedication, courage and discipline by quieting yourself and allowing God to speak into your heart. He’ll give you direction, you just have to listen to that still small voice.
You are destined for purpose, now go and live your life, fulfill your dreams and allow God to take you on the most grand adventure life has to offer.
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