I’ve got some big things I hope to accomplish this year.
At a meeting over the weekend, I was reminded that God doesn’t call us to do as many things as we can. Our purpose is not busyness. He calls us to excellence.
That concept has helped me to narrow down exactly where to go; whatever He wants from me this year, I plan to not only do it, but do it well.
And I was reminded of a lesson God taught me a couple years ago. It’s good to have dreams and goals, but we can’t let them consume us.
Several years ago I had the privilege of meeting Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, and hearing him speak at a writers conference. I purchased his new book, Me, Myself & Bob and took it home to read.
It took me nearly a year to get the courage to read the book. Because honestly, I realized that weekend that I was quite similar to Phil in a lot of ways.
I knew God wanted me to learn from Phil’s mistakes.
The book is about how Big Idea Productions, the producers of VeggieTales, grew into a huge company, and then fell apart 12 years later.
He explained how crushed he was that God didn’t come to the rescue and save his beloved company from the lawsuit that forced them into bankruptcy. What he ultimately learned was that his dream had become more important to him than anything – including God.
We can’t let our dream become our entire identity.
Phil says in his book that it’s not about the destination – it’s about the journey. Achieving the dream is supposed to be hard. If it was easy, what would we learn? How would we grow? Phil states that walking with God, spending time with Him often, must be our primary focus. Not the dream. We’re God’s representatives, and people are watching. He wants to change us and make us better.
In the end, as long as we don’t let our dream consume our life, we’ll be a whole different person. Stronger. Smarter.
That’s why achieving the dream is so hard – to make us a better person.
What goals has God placed on your heart this year? Are you up for the challenge?