God creates everyone for a purpose. He blesses us with talents necessary to fulfill our destiny. God places dreams within us that align our desires with His will.
Our dreams are rooted in things we are passionate about or long to see fulfilled. Some people nourish their dreams. Others smother them when faced with obstacles that seem too large to overcome.
Dreams born of God benefit others, not just the dreamer.
Schemes are often self-serving accompanied by arrogance that fuels the schemer.
Dreams bless others.
Schemes use others.
I’ve often heard, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”
Some of our plans become so far removed from what God intended that it takes time and trials for us to get back on the right track. We often become deluded when we compare ourselves to the success of others. The grass looks greener syndrome can prompt us to abandon our dreams for ill-conceived schemes.
Schemes usually manipulate and involve some type of deception. Pertinent facts are omitted. Exaggeration and persuasion are common. Schemes require orchestration by the schemer to bring about the desired result.
Dreams come to fruition through God’s will. His perfect timing and opportunities leave no doubt of His blessing on it. Our dreams don’t come to pass without hard work on our part, yet our work is fruitful.
Schemes are void of God’s involvement. Alarms of warning fall on deaf ears.
Dreams are shadowed with peace that passes understanding, confirmation to the dreamer God orders his steps.
Dreams glorify God.
Schemes magnify man.
When we commit our ways to the Lord, we entrust our ways to God. We submit our actions over to God, allowing Him to guide us in the things we do.
Unfortunately, committing our ways to God may force us to do things we don’t want to do. Obedience may be painful. It may even appear that we are short-changing ourselves or working against our own best interests.
Yet, when we “trust in Him” we can obey knowing that God works out all things, even the painful ones, for our eventual good. We can trust God will allow the very best to come to pass. God’s provision enables us to realize our dreams even when the facts say “no way!”
We can trust God or trust our own limited power.
I am quite grateful that God manages my life far better than I ever could. It just took me a few years to realize it!
Dreamer or Schemer?
Which do you choose?
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the spirits.
Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:2-3 NKJV