I know way too many people who have chased the “American Dream” only to discover a real American nightmare. Sure, every one of us would like to be somebody and make something out of our lives. But, the way most go about it will not lead to a happy ending. Here are some thoughts that need to be changed by most Americans.
#1: “Make Something Out Of Yourself”
We live in a society that loves to size up our worth. In fact, we’re all guilty to a certain degree of judging one another. People are often measured by their clothes, cars, careers, and even the company they keep. My friends, God doesn’t show favoritism and he already thinks you’re somebody. You are God’s prized creation and there is no one else exactly like you. You don’t have to do anything to be someone special because God made you awesome. You have nothing to prove, you are not an accident, and you are somebody.
(Ephesians 2:10) For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
#2: “Be All That You Can Be”
On one hand, this statement sounds great. We all should make the most of our time, talents, and opportunities. But, being all that you can be is so limited. Being all God has created you to be will take you to places you could never dream possible. Why? Because it’s not about what you can do, but what you are willing to allow God to do through you? As children of God, we don’t create our purpose in life, instead we discover it. God has wired us all for certain jobs, certain relationships, certain paths, and certain missions. God tells us in his word that He has created us for good works that he has prepared for us in advance. In life, you don’t have to chase down opportunity. Rather, you need to seek God’s face, God’s will, and walk through the doors God opens for you. You can settle for alternatives, but only God knows the perfect plans for your life.
(Proverbs 19:21) Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
#3: “It’s My Life”
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say this, “It’s my life, I can do whatever I want with it.” You’re right it’s your choice what you do with your God-given life. However, at the end of this life it will be God who will fill out your report card. The Bible is clear that “Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” This life is simply preparation for the next. This life is temporary, but eternity is forever. When you draw your last breath you will stand before God. And, either you will have gone God’s way or your way. Scripture says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Why? Because a wise man is one who realizes that God is in charge and only what God wants will matter in the end.
(James 4:13-17) Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.
My friends, God has amazing plans for your life. I pray you slow down long enough to discover those plans. Don’t look at the world through your own eyes. Don’t chase the American dream which continues to lead countless people down a dead end street. Seek God’s will and trust God’s plans for your life. You will then find a life that is both fulfilling and rewarding.