Does your work history seem disconnected from your aspirations and dreams?
Recently, I heard a gentleman talk about how his dream was to be a rock star. He started a rock group, but to make ends meet he worked in a record store. Then he worked as a bank teller, seemingly getting further and further away from his original dream.
Later he was offered a job with an advertising firm. He said he didn’t know the first thing about advertising but was offered the position because of his knowledge with the music and record industry and with banking. You see, the advertising firm had a client who promoted rock groups, another client who was in the record store business and, they also had clients in banking. This firm needed his experience. The experience that had seemed off course to his dream.
While at the advertising firm he learned the ropes of the business. Now he is in partnership with two other friends, friends he has made though his previous endeavors. Together they run their own advertising business. A business they consider their ministry.
He still loves to play in a music group, but instead of desiring to be a rock star, his joy and desire is to lead others in worship of the One who is the Rock; Jesus.
Most of us an relate in some way to his story. I know I do.
It was interesting to hear how the dots connected one job to the next, each one preparing him for his current position both in business and church.
How the dots connected for my Friend
A few years ago the nearby town of Mayflower was hit badly by a tornado. Many churches and organizations helped with the clean-up, the church I call home being one of them. A friend of mine was among those helping, his help went beyond the initial clean-up. For two years sponsored through his church, he was there for the people, lending a ear for those who wanted to talk, giving spiritual counsel as needed and helping in anyway he could. When the position ended he went to work for a local ministry in their editorial department. He had grown to love the people of Mayflower, so when his church talked about starting a campus in that town my friend and his wife were eager to help. Little did they know at that point they would become the campus pastors. A heart dream from his youth being fulfilled.
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him. Psalm 37:23
Does the dream in your heart and your current position seem disconnected? If so, seek direction from the Lord. Does the dream stem from Him or from selfish desires? Does it line up with the scripture? Are you willing to surrender your dream to Him?
Take heart, if the dream is from the Lord, He will connect the dots as you follow His lead. Each step of the way the Lord refines, molds and shapes us ready for the fulfillment of His dream, His plan. His dream becomes your dream.
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