With the beginning of a new year and many of us feeling as if we could take on the world, we need a reminder.
In our culture it is extremely popular to believe that our kids (or ourselves) can do anything they put their minds to do.
Oh, how I wish this were true. I wish this world were not marked by sin or that we lived in some magical Utopian society where if we cross all the Xs we could actually be anything we wanted to be.
But despite knowing this isn’t possible for ourselves, we often tell our kids or help them believe this.
“Don’t crush her dreams. She could be an Olympic athlete if she wanted.”
No. No, I can’t.
Trust me there are times I wish I could keep up with my brothers who move like Greek gods.
There are times I wish I could crush a workout or play a sport, but it’s just not possible.
Don’t get me wrong. With the right teacher/trainer, I could do more than I think I can do. I could stretch myself and be more, but I AIN’T going to the Olympics.
If you continue to try to support something I could never be, you will miss being able to support me in who I am supposed to be.
Let me say it again, but about your kids this time.
IF YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT SOMETHING YOUR KID COULD BE, YOU COULD MISS SUPPORTING WHO THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE.
I’m not trying to be harsh. I’m not trying to steal dreams. I AM trying to get you to realign yourself with a truth overlooked in our culture today.
We cannot be anything we want to be, but we CAN be anything God calls us to be or do anything God calls us to do.
Now go back. If God calls me to be an Olympic athlete then… Look out world. Christina for the GOLD! (Trust me. This would be as miraculous as the parting of the Red Sea.)
But what if I surrendered any dreams of athleticism (which I have, my modified yoga tree pose looks like a drunk worm), and instead lined myself up with the strength, purpose, and passion of a Holy God.
What things could I possibly do?
What ways could He stretch me and grow me?
How could I be a help to others or be a light to my community?
Could it be that lining up who I am with who God made me is the very essence of being fearful and wonderfully made?
If I kept working hard on what I want, could I miss who I really am?
Our mindset must shift back to His Lordship.
Psalms 138:8 says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love , O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
God has a purpose for my life and for the life of my children. To tell ourselves or teach our kids that we can do or be anything goes against what God says. In fact, God is so great and powerful he will even use our strivings against Him in His purpose for us.
When I step out of what I want to be and into his purpose… sailing the sea turns into parting the sea… losing weight turns into losing burdens… fighting for rights turns into freeing a people… and taking my own steps turns into walking on water. Only God can make my mortality miraculous.
I am recently in a season of figuring out what my purpose is. Again I am finding that when I align myself with His purpose, He is using all of my life to bring me to that place of impossibilities. I find dreams, ambitions, and gifts that I never realized, because I quit trying to be something that He did not want me to be.
This is one of the greatest gifts I can give to my kids… a place where they are used for His purpose. Trust me it’s better than anything they (or even we) could come up with.