When a new year begins, we always look for dreams in the drawer to put them into action during the new months and not let them stand still. And filling our heart with hope is great! Having a goal moves us and, when we hear His voice to know the best path, it also takes us closer to Him.
The problem is when we transfer our happiness to our dreams, putting the responsibility of making us happy on them.
Gratitude in the now
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.1 Thessalonians 5:18
It makes me question whether I’ve been grateful for what I already have.
Have I been seeing the little things that God has already poured into my life or am I busy waiting for a hyper event that takes me off the ground and makes me lose my breath?
When we plan big things, we end up focusing too much on them and forgetting about the small pieces that put together such a bigger and amazing puzzle. As human beings, we are used to easily noticing the big and we let go unnoticed or with less attention to what is detail.
Enjoy the way
“The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd and carry them forever”.Psalms 28:7-9
A life of gratitude is also a life of surrender. When we understand that everything comes from Him and everything has to aim at Him, we turn our faith to the Father and trust in His perfect will.
And that also means being grateful in the midst of pain. It’s not that God wants you to suffer smiling but that, even in tears, you realize how He takes care of you and your walk. He is an ever-present Father.
I don’t want to discourage you from your dreams or tell you to stop chasing them. I’m here to remind you that even as you dream and seek more, you can’t forget to also look at what’s in front of you today.
Don’t let your goal take your eyes off the landscape along the way. She is also very important.
Why despair for the future?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and shun evil”.Proverbs 3:5-7
When we are grateful for every bit of history that God writes, our heart is reassured for what comes ahead. This happens because we see that if we have received so much and He has taken care of so many parts, why then should we despair about the future?
It is at this moment that we learn to wait. It’s like on an airplane. Even if you really want to get to your destination soon, there’s no point in wanting to rush his stop, otherwise you’d get off at a random and pointless place.
Finish the route, go to the end and trust the pilot. Everything has a certain time to form and everything has an exact space of time to go through. It’s no use wanting to get off the train right away, otherwise you end up stopping at the wrong station.
Trust in the Father’s word and take that faith to every day in every month. He has a lot prepared for you. Just leave the direction in His hands and you will see everything happening in the Lord’s perfect time.