A Dream-Filled Versus Purpose-Filled Life

When I say the word “dream,” what comes to mind? Here is my list during this time of COVID-19:

  • Vacation
  • Beach
  • I Dream of Jeannie (why oh why are shows in this time period not on Netflix?)
  • Book
  • Speaking
  • Weight loss
  • Financial security

These are the things that came to my mind while I was sitting on my porch this morning, and none of them are very deep, are they? Let’s change the word to “purpose.” What does that word strike inside you? For me, it brings to mind:

  • Ministering to moms
  • Speaking
  • Blogging
  • Book writing
  • Inspiring others

Dreaming is more surface-related for most people. We use the word frequently, and it has lost its power. For comparison, in the dictionary, “dream” is defined as “a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal.” In contrast, “purpose” is defined as “the aim or goal of a person: what a person is trying to do, become, etc.” So a dream is more task-focused while purpose is more what you are inside of yourself. 

Think about your goals in life. Which category do they fall into? By understanding the difference, you can ensure you put your true focus on the right thing. While dreams are important, what is most important is finding our purpose. The thing that lies deep inside of us – that is our God-given passion. Once you find that thing, your heart will be full of joy and satisfaction in knowing you are doing exactly what God wants you to do.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

– Proverbs 19:21

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