Week 5: Your Hopes, Your Dreams, And Your Life Still Hold Purpose, Value, And Meaning

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

~Psalm 37:5-6

One of the most beautiful and remarkable things about hopes, dreams, and purposes is that they are so much more than a blossoming future, they have their roots secured in our present life. Often times when we look at our dreams, we see the blissfully blooming flowers of all we desire most. We see our plans, our expectations, our wishes and wants. But beneath those precious dreams are something deeper, sturdier, and stronger; our passion. If we think of a dream like a flower, we could imagine that the petals are our hopeful outcome, and the roots are what they grow and stem from. Or, maybe you could think of your dreams as the moon, and your passion as the sun; brilliantly illuminating it. Our passion is what gives life to our dreams. The exciting thing about passion rooting our dreams is that it means even if our dreams look a little different than we expected when they bloom, they still grew from our authentic, open hearts. If we can get to the root of our dreams, we’ll learn a lot about ourselves and may even come up with some new ideas on how to live out these callings in our hearts without over-extending our energy and burning out along the way.

When we get to the root of our desires, we can embrace creativity, expression, and ministry. In order to do this, we have to be willing to simplify and look at our goals more like a journey than a race. When we revisit our passion, we can channel it in new ways that move us closer to our dreams (and maybe even find some new dreams along the way). Here’s a few examples of how simplifying may look.

Maybe your dream is to be a counselor, but what’s really rooting it is your love of listening to others and offering them your empathy and support. Maybe being a counselor isn’t within your energy range right now, but hosting a small support group (in person or online) for chronically ill people is.

Maybe your dream is to have a family, and what’s really rooting that is your desire to love and care for others deeply and consistently. Maybe you aren’t well enough to nurture a child at this point in time, but maybe you are well enough to adopt an animal from your local animal shelter. Maybe you’re well enough to care for an animal that doesn’t need as much attention as a child but still needs a warm and loving home. Or, maybe you’re able to sponsor a child. Maybe you can help provide expenses for a child that needs financial stability in order to thrive.

Maybe your dream is to doing missions work in areas of poverty, and what’s truly rooting that is your desire to care for the broken and hurting in the world. Maybe you are not well enough to travel far and serve, but maybe you are well enough to join a prayer team or fund-raise for a charity or cause that’s important to you.

It can be hurtful to release dreams that are so dear to our hearts, but the truth is, there are so many ways that we can live out our unique purpose in life. We simply have to be willing to let go of forcing our dreams to look a certain way, and allow them to bud and blossom in God’s way and time. They will. And they never stop growing! If God has called you to a specific ministry, He will always provide a way to fulfill it, and many times our current circumstances are preparing us for our future ministry. If we are open and willing to learn, He will fill us deeply and guide us with love and intention.

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4 thoughts on “Week 5: Your Hopes, Your Dreams, And Your Life Still Hold Purpose, Value, And Meaning

  1. Hello my dear! Another great message to think about! That topic always makes me think of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun…if we look close enough some of our dreams have come true differently than we expected! That is our amazing God…his ways are not always our ways!! Thanks for inspiring us to look beyond our circumstances! I love you !! 🙂

  2. Hi Sweetie. Sorry I have been out of touch as of late. This is truly an inspiring post and a message that we all need to hear again and again. Thank you!

    Love Dad

  3. I’ve been struggling A LOT with what my purpose is in life the last few years. Its something I will continue to pray about but I like your analogy of the flower & how our dreams grow out of our passions. And especially this line “If God has called you to a specific ministry, He will always provide a way to fulfill it, and many times our current circumstances are preparing us for our future ministry.” Thanks again for the encouragement! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your feedback, Miriam! I’m truly touched that you were encouraged by this post. It brings a smile to my face. I’m so sorry to hear that you have been struggling with understanding your purpose. I understand it is so challenging to clearly see your purpose in the midst of so much pain and uncertainty, but it’s so brave of you to continue pursuing God’s will for your life. That alone is enough to bring Him honor and praise! I will be praying with you and for you as you continue to take courageous steps forward in faith. I truly believe God has a plan and a purpose for you, and look forward to seeing it unfold 🙂

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