Let go of other people’s dreams and purpose.
Recently I found myself in a group setting and the discussion, was its typical bland and recurring theme of what had occurred in the past years. A few in the group spoke of the purpose God had put on their heart to do, and like robots, a number of people took upon themselves to agree that another person purpose was also theirs.
That’s when my thoughts began to wander and I could feel the anger and frustration set in. No matter how I tried to actively participate in the discussion, my inner man could no longer stand the thought that I had been living with the dreams and purposes of other people. That’s when I heard myself say, “child, let go of other people’s dreams and purpose and move on with your purpose in life. ”
To be truthful with myself, I have been dealing with this internal struggle of pulling away from following others who purpose in life is totally different from what God has called me to do.
When thinking seriously over my life, I found that when I was younger, I was like a shadow following closely behind my best friend and neighbor. She exuded confidence and was quite popular in the neighborhood.
I on the other hand was an introvert and was over protected by my maternal grandmother. My timid demeanor at that time did not draw anyone to me. And to be honest, I didn’t care because I lacked confidence in myself.
As I grew into a young adult, my dreams were visual and conceivable; yet, I was still somewhat clinging to my best friend and not seeing my own potential and purpose.
Later in my life, the clinging manifested itself to be fear. I came to the realization that my personal fear to venture out in the world was causing me not to rely on God. This mental attitude indeed threaten my overall well-being and if I didn’t let go of other people’s dreams and purpose, I would lose my own soul.
Now I can acknowledge that the anger and frustration I recently felt, was actually my wake-up call. Experiencing other people’s dreams and purpose is a sure way to ruin one’s self-esteem and cause one to crash and burn. One can surely support another but not to the point that you lose your purpose in life.
If you are right at this moment, following other people dreams and purpose, then you are short-changing the potential and purpose that God has planted in you.
When Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. spoke these famous words, “I have a dream” he wasn’t only speaking for himself, he was conveying the message of Christ for those of us who have our own dreams and purpose.
Everyone has a purpose. Keep steadfast in who God called you to be and don’t compromise your purpose for anyone or anything.
Ephesians 1:11 – In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
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