It seems funny to hear someone say that they “misplaced” something. We like to cover for a person that has lost something by saying they “misplaced” it. And it often is said tongue in cheek. But, when it comes to ambitions, so many of those “dreams” of fame and fortune never get realized and it can take its toll on our spirit.
I’ve had so many dreams that have faded from view. Some quickly fall to realizations that it takes skills I don’t have or I see past it somehow. Some I’ve put lots of time and effort into and nothing came of it. It always seems that it’s all the other stuff that goes on in between that matters in the long run. Conversations and working in the garden with my wife. Watching birds in the back yard. Or, best of all, reminding a friend that God is there and interested in them. Writing a post on my blog that noone has ever responded to. (except Smokey and some close friends in person) Teaching a group of people about God’s plan!
I’ve dreamed of being a scientist, a luthier, an animator, a musician, a world touring motorcyclist, a racecar driver, a pro bowler, a sailboat captain, and the list goes on. But, in the process of making Christ Lord of my life my perspective has turned from dreams to reality. God’s Holy Spirit is trying to change my heart of stone into a gentler heart of flesh. Instead of going after my own dreams, He is showing me that dreams are vapors that vanish once achieved.
The greatest of all ambitions anyone can have is to please our Creator. This was Jesus’ number one focus, to please His Father even though He and His Father were One! He was charting the course for all of us to follow. All of us need to follow Jesus if our real goal is to live. None of my “best human achievements” amount to a hill of beans compared to the least bit of obedience and faithfulness to my heavenly Father.
My manerisms and lack of social skills have put a nix on so many of my vain dreams and it’s hard for me to appreciate how that has worked to my advantage by clearing the way for me to focus more on what really matters. Now that I’m about to have my 60th birthday, I’m seeing through so many of my great human ambitions and dreams as just hoping to be admired by people who like myself will one day pass away.
That’s not true for our devoted and loving Creator. If we live for Him, that appreciation will never fade!