Daring to Dream, daring to change

This week’s post is taking us a step back from the practical and challenging us to think about something important: when we dream and plan only to find ourselves somewhere else.

Sometimes, it’s a good somewhere else, like in the case of Mark’s career goals. Read Loneliest Mop Bucket in the Worldmore in “God Didn’t Fulfill My Dream.”

Sometimes, it’s a surprising discovery when we’ve reached our goals and had our dreams fulfilled: God’s built something else along the way. Check out Bob Goff’s reflection, “Sometimes We Build What We Didn’t Plan to Build.”

And sometimes, we find ourselves exactly where we don’t want to be. In those times, we’ve got to keep the faith and seek God’s dreams for us. Corey says, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

 

This post attempts to inspire those of us who dream and set goals.

Photo by Alan Levine. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

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New year, new you?

New Year’s resolutions has its roots in a religious ceremony practiced by the Babylonians, but like many things religious, it’s grown into something much more widely practiced by the secular world. (We Christians feel this ever so sharply every time we see a bunny at Easter, for instance.)

The act of taking stock of your life and how you’re living isn’t a bad idea, especially since we are always on the journey of faith and sanctification. So shouldn’t our resolutions, plans and goals be at least a little different than the rest of the world’s?

To get you reflecting here are some examples from other Christians.
In this short devotional by Brenda Wood from November, you’ll find less of an actual set of resolutions and more of a mindset for all of life.
Shane Claiborne shares his hopes for 2013 over at Red Letter Christians.
And Mark McIntyre’s Reluctant Resolutions are going to be the kind you’re going to want to emulate.

In 2013, may you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour!

This post applies to the Christian life and discipleship and discusses resolutions and goals.