Take a moment and flashback to the day you were sitting on your childhood bed daydreaming about what you would be when you got older. Maybe you imagined becoming a lawyer, doctor, teacher, or even the president of the United States. You took it a step further, and even imagined what your life would be like beyond your career. Maybe you thought about how many kids you would have, what type of house you would live in, what trips you would take, and the age you would be when you accomplished all of this. Flashback to reality and is it anything like you imagined?
Our dreams somehow can never paint the picture of what reality might actually feel like. Our dreams tend to miss the hard times, financial struggles, random lay-offs, staying in school extra years, the not so perfect job, and the sudden deaths around us. We wonder why the dreams that seemed so picture perfect turn out to be filled with blurs, constant changes, and far from perfection.
If you are like me you are thankful for all of the blessings that the Lord has put in your life. But if you are really like me, you too are watching a picture of your life unfold that is not so much like the one you had when you were younger. You are experiencing one of those hard times above, and you sometimes wonder how long it will take you to be able to live out that picture perfect dream?
It's funny how when you are younger you can't wait to get older, and when you are older you wish somehow you could have been "a kid" just a little bit longer. I am someone who for the last three years yearn for my childhood days, the days where my biggest worries were who was talking mess about me, or how best to lie to my parents about getting a speeding ticket. These last three years have been filled with ups and downs, and I must say it has been the hardest time of my life.
For a moment I thought I was alone, and I hid behind my blog, jobs, and "fun" lifestyle. It wasn't until I truly opened my eyes did I realize that the reason I felt like I was going through the hardest time of my life was because I was finally in class. God was finally giving me the life lesson needed to finally live out my dreams. The most amazing thing was when he began to reveal that his purpose for me was much more important than the series of dreams I had of my life when I was younger. He opened my eyes to understand that the bricks thrown in my life, were the bricks that I would one day use to build the life he had in store for me.
I am wondering how many people our sitting next to me in class today? How many people are experiencing some of their hardest life lessons? How many people are seeing that their childhood dreams are playing out much more different than they imagined? I am confident that there are many people in class today, I just hope that everyone is paying attention, and even trying to sit in the front row.
God is working and teaching. His lessons may seem hard, unclear, and confusing. You may even say at times that this is not what you signed up for. But if "greatness" is your goal, or in his plan for you, then your life lessons will feel like you are sitting in a challenging AP class, and not simply the easy elective you picked to simply get by. I don't know about you, but I'm striving to graduate from Gods class with honors. Let the lessons continue....and take me from good to great!