Good Grief: Day 20 “Desire Fulfilled is a Tree of Life”

Desire Fulfilled is a Tree of Life

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life”
-Proverbs 13:12

“What is chief purpose of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” -Westminster Confession

If you had asked me what my purpose was soon after my life trajectory shifted, I wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer. Even now, my answer still ends with a question mark of uncertainty because I am not so sure anymore. I belief this is the case because I had allowed my purpose to become so wrapped up in everything I was doing, that I couldn’t distinguish them from one another. Another thing I seemed to have had a bit of amnesia about was what my vision, and dreams were. When my hopes for the future were shattered my heart became so hard and full of fear that I  didn’t have enough strength to hope for that dream, or any of my former dreams to ever be realized. So I just let them all go. While this may seem like a dreary reality, I believe it was a necessary one in order for me to live to my most authentic capacity. The fact is, my purpose is more than a job description-more than a mission to be fulfilled. It is to know and to love Jesus and to be loved and known by Him. Yes, all of my former dreams ended up being tossed in the perpetual wastebasket of my former life but, who says I can’t ask for new dreams? Who says I can’t have new desires that aren’t initiated by what someone else wants for me, but are what the Master Craftsman has put in my heart before time began? I am on board for discovering new dreams that are truly authentic to the purpose God has put in my heart. I pray you are on board for that too. It may be hard to let the old things go, but I believe it will bring you more fulfillment to dream His dreams than you could ever know. Allow God to soothe your hopeless heart by asking Him for new dreams. Let Him wash away the disappointment of what wasn’t, so He can give you dreams that are truly in your heart and what only you were made to accomplish.

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