Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. — Psalms 37:4

We all have dreams. Dreams are great and are from God. One of the most powerful experiences we have as followers of Jesus is to dream with God about our futures.

What are your dreams? Take a moment and write out 3-5 dreams you have.

For many of us, our dreams revolve around what we want. Our dreams revolve around the desires we have, which can be a result of God-given desires or cultural influences. Dreams are good but only when they are connected to God’s plan for our lives. Dreams focus on what is best for me, but purpose focuses on how I can add value to the world.

Throughout the life of Jesus and the bible, we see a theme. It’s more blessed to give than to receive. Jesus came to give us life. Jesus gave his life for us. Giving is God’s dream. The world wants us to focus on what makes “me” happy, but Jesus wants us to focus on bringing others joy.

Growing up, I wanted to be a great basketball player. My dream was to win a state championship, play for a division 1 college, and eventually play professionally. After winning two state championships in high school playing division 1 basketball in college, God used an injury to shift my perspective. I was pursuing my dreams which weren’t all bad, but I was pursuing them for personal reasons. I was going after what I thought “I” wanted. When an injury interrupted my dream, I was mad at God. I didn’t understand that my purpose was bigger than my dreams. I didn’t understand how purpose and life is about what I can give others, not what I can get.

God’s purpose for our lives includes going after dreams we have, but his purpose is bigger than a dream or goal. His purpose permeates our lives no matter what we are doing.

One of the biggest shifts we can make as followers of Jesus is to move from chasing a personal dream to a life of purpose. From chasing what we want to chasing what God wants to do through us. When we live through the lens of purpose, our lives are vehicles for God to work through. The good, the bad, and everything in-between can be used by God.


Does God want to move you from pursuing a personal dream to a life of purpose? Write down the dreams you have been chasing.