Follow Your Dreams

By | January 14, 2014

I am a fan of country music and as such I have noticed there seems to be numerous songs with the theme of leaving the small town you were raised in to pursue your dreams.  This is a theme I heartily concur with.  There has always been an overabundance of naysayers, those who are satisfied with the status quo.  They seem to take offense when an individual has dreams of breaking out and doing something different.  I urge everyone to think outside the box, dream big, don’t go along with the crowd, dare to be different, dare to follow your dreams.  As somebody famous once said, “better to have tried and failed then to have never tried at all.”

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Looks like an intereting blog! I can relate to this post.
I’ve always enjoyed Kelly Clarkson’s song, “Breakaway” for the same reasons.
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kellyclarkson/breakaway.html

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paula! I followed your link and read the lyrics. They are nice. Then I went to Youtube and watched the video. I have to be honest – I had never heard of Kelly Clarkson! When the video was playing my teenage daughter raced into the room saying “Kelly Clarkson! You’re Listening to Kelly Clarkson?”

Anyway, check back from time to time, you’re always welcome!

Good answer Todd. Blessings to you as well.

Kevin

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for your comment. I agree with your statement that true dreams come when God gives us the desires of our heart because I think the desires of our hearts, the true and noble desires, are placed in our heart by God. I think deep down, if we are honest with ourselves, we know if our dreams are motivated by selfish desires, but if not that is perhaps where wise counsel would be helpful. I wouldn’t assume that because one is not a Christian he is unable to have noble dreams and aspire to worthy things, because, let’s face it, even the most sincere of Christians still battles the flesh. Psalm 16:2 says: “I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”” Conversely, Romans 7:18 says: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.” I believe that throughout history much good has been done by people of noble character who are not necessarily regenerate. Their motives may not have been purely unselfish, but God could nonetheless place the dream in their heart so that man’s good and God’s purposes are fulfilled by them pursuing the desire of their heart.

On the matter of wise counsel, of course this is biblical. The key is getting wise counsel. Once again I believe foolish and wise counsel can come from both regenerate and unregenerate people. I have seen plenty of foolish counsel proceed from believers. An example of wise counsel comes from Gamaliel, as far as I know an unbeliever, in Acts 5:33-39.

For biblical examples of what I am speaking of we can always look to Jesus. It is probably not proper to say he was following his dreams, but he knew what his mission on earth was and of course allowed nothing to stand in the way of accomplishing that. Luke 9:53 states “And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,” other examples of Christ’s single-mindedness are probably numerous. Christ rebuking Peter comes quickly to mind. I would also mention Nehemiah as a great example, Moses also, and Joshua and Caleb in Numbers 13 and 14. David’s life is full of examples.

Historical Christians such as John Knox come to mind – “Give me Scotland or I die.”

David Livingstone’s desire to reach Africa for Christ and bring an end to the slave trade.

William Carrey’s desire to reach India for Christ. His great quote “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Hudson Taylor’s desire to reach China for Christ. The examples are numerous.

I hope I have at been at least somewhat helpful in my rushed and brief response.

God’s blessings on you and your family.

Hi Todd,
Can you give me some Scripture that supports this position? (Prodigal son?) I’m trying to think through this, as we had a time of family worship discussing the ongoing role of parents in the lives of children as they grow and mature. Utilizing God’s grace of the family to support them.

As I think back on the time I left home, it was spiritually the worst thing I could have done, but of course God used it ultimately for my own good. God’s means of grace is the support of church, family, Believers, etc…

I’d also wonder what it means to “pursue your dreams”, I’d argue most of those dreams are selfish desires, true dreams come when God gives us the desires of our heart, only occurring after salvation. Does our pursuit include wise counsel as Proverbs tells us?

I can see the sentiment in your statement, but not sure it washes through God’s word. Of course that might be thinking outside the box in this day and age.

Kevin