Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 17:16-18:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:11
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to hear B.G. Nevitt speak at the C.L.A.S.S. Writers Conference. He told us that “God’s dream lives in us.” It was such a moving message; it caused me to do some serious soul-searching. To close out the conference Gerry Wakeland, C.L.A.S.S. President asked us to write our dream on a piece of paper and bring it forward and “ceremonially” give it back to God.
This question flashed through my mind:
Dianne, whose dreams are you pursuing?
Yours or God’s?
I’ve always been a goal-setting type of person. It’s easy to dream and set goals to reach that dream but to dream “God” dreams and set “God” goals is a whole different way of thinking.
In today’s reading the Apostle Paul gave us a filter to run every dream, vision, goal, priority or task through to help us pursue God’s plans for our lives rather than our own selfish desires:
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people (*or ourselves). He alone examines the motives of our hearts. —1 Thessalonians 2:4 (emphasis, *comment mine)
Our purpose is to please God. That’s it. End of story.
Is it realistic to think we can please God in EVERYTHING we do?
I know I miss it many times, but if I get up each day and filter my plans and ambitions through the question, “Will this please God?” I won’t miss it as much!
As I look to 2014 with many things spinning in my head, I pray that my focus will be to please God and Him alone.
What dreams do you have for 2014?
Heavenly Father, show us Your purpose. Breathe the passion of Your dreams into our hearts. Help us to wait for your dreams. Use us for Your Glory.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23