Lately, I’ve been hearing a bombardment of messages about people trying to fulfill their dreams.  Justin Bieber, in a trailer of his movie, says (and I paraphrase), “Some people tell you’ll never reach your dream.  I say, ‘Never say never!'”  Other sources like several different Disney princesses tell children (especially little girls) to always go for your dreams.  But is this really true?  Just the other day, on my Facebook wall, there on the right hand side was an ad on “how to become a youth speaker” and basically how to get paid big bucks to do it.

Is it true that you should go for your dreams?  I’m not sure how sound that advice is.  I know why people say it.  They don’t want to discourage young people to realize their full potential.  They want children and youth to “reach for the skies” because the “sky’s the limit”.  In some contexts, that is true.  I want my children to see untapped possibilities and creativity that may be so out-of-the-box it would make my head spin; but for something that is a greater cause than just to fulfill their own dreams.  When it becomes narrowed on making one’s “dreams” come true, that’s where it seems to become a contradiction.  What would happen if everyone’s dreams did come true?  What if we all became like Bieber and got top record deals with millions of fans to perform for on tour?  Or if we all became the Sidney Crosbys with multi-million dollar contracts to showcase our talents with a stick and a piece of rubber?  Or if we became the sexually-attracting magnets that commercials like Axe or half of the magazines of the world try to seduce us into?  What would really happen?

In the TV series “Supernatural”, there’s an episode called “Wishful Thinking” where a town has all their wishes come true.  However, the results, while at first seem pleasant, turn into chaos.  The premise of this episode is that there was a Babylonian god who gave people their wishes in order to ensue chaos and eventually destroy that town.  In fact, the person who had the original wish in this town at first didn’t believe in that premise, but ultimately saw the effects of people getting their wishes, and does his part in reversing its effects, even at the sacrifice of his own wish.

The fact is, our dream is essentially our will, our deepest desire.  And when that dream/will/desire is actualized, it must take precedence over someone else’s will/dream/desire.  We can’t all get our wishes and dreams.  Because if it were just up to our own sinful natures, we would destroy each other with them.  Because all those realities cannot exist together; there would be too many contradictions and something/someone would have to be destroyed. Maybe that’s why right now, in our world where there are already all these competing wills/dreams/desires, there are people who are ruined.

Perhaps the better question is to ask, “which dream or wish does God want to see happen?”  If God is the overseer of all, then he knows how best to allow things to happen.  Some readers may believe that premise; others may not.  However, I would rather entrust all my dreams and wishes to my Creator than to leave it up to my fellow humans to somehow decide.  Because in the end, it’s not my dream/wish/will that needs to come true, it’s HIS.

“May YOUR kingdom come, may YOUR will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10, emphasis mine)

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