questioning our dreams : james 4:13-17

by Bethany



Last night, I saw my friend Steph Shaw sing with her husband Kevin at Googie’s Lounge. Although Steph and Kevin have performed together as part of a band , this was the first gig that they have done with just the two of them. They performed newly written songs and were refreshingly raw in the performance. While introducing one of the songs, Steph said,

Those of us who come to New York – we all have dreams.
And sometimes we question them.

Although I didn’t ask Steph what she meant by her observation (she can comment on this post, if I’m wrong), I am guessing that she meant that pursuing dreams can be hard and, when it is, we question how much we really want that dream. But, then we remember, “If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.”

But, Steph’s statement could just have easily meant that we question our dreams because we should always question where we are, what we’re doing, and what we’re running after. After all, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” In fact, to question our future is not only a worthwhile thing, it is a godly thing. In James 4, we read,

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow … Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag.

We should have a healthy amount of questioning in our minds and our hearts about what God has in store for our lives. For we belong to him, and he can do what he wills with us – even if it means that our dreams never come to fruition or he takes us far beyond what we have asked for or imagined. So, let us pray for open hearts and open minds – not bragging or boasting about what tomorrow holds, bur rather surrendering our dreams to the gracious and loving will of the Lord.

2 Comments to “questioning our dreams : james 4:13-17”

  1. Bethany,

    Amen! You are so right on — it was so great to have you there sharing in Kevin’s and my new journey together in seeing where we are headed. We just feel so alive! I really enjoyed reading your thoughts from the show.

    Much love,

  2. Love this post! I question my decision to go to law school everyday–more so NOW, with BarBri. :)

    On a more serious note, totally agree about seeking the Lord’s will. Often His will does not correspond with my dreams. But also often what seems to failure turns out to be a blessing in disguise. I guess what I should seek for then is that whatever I do, God’s presence be with me. If He be for me, no one can be against me, no? Psalm 124:1 :)

    Cya in class–save a seat.

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