Lost Dreams

There are moments in every life when we suffer disappointment. It may be a small frustration, such as missing an opportunity to see family or friends, or it may be deeper, such as realizing that a goal you worked toward may never be obtained – a lost dream.

A teenager dreaming of a successful career may lose that dream if they become addicted to drugs or alcohol. An athlete may lose his dream if an injury limits his or her mobility. Even those winning large amounts of money in lotteries don’t always succeed, often losing it all or losing something more valuable to them – their friends, a work they loved, or an easier lifestyle. One man described having to isolate himself because of all the requests for handouts from strangers, close friends and family. He became reclusive and eventually an alcoholic.[1] More commonly people give up careers when they find family obligations or lack of funds as a roadblock, or sometimes because they lack the self-confidence to even try.

Ravi Zacharias once advised his audience, “Avoid the paralysis of pessimism. People will tell you it’s hopeless; it’s never going to change. It’s never going to make a difference. I’ll tell you. I have seen lives changed that I never ever would have dreamed would ever be changed.” He encouraged his listeners by saying, “He (God) can take the most painful moments of your life and (you) find out He’s used it for the greatest glory.”[2]

Do we believe that we can make a difference? Can we used by God for His glory?

A man came to Jesus and asked him to heal his son. He said, “If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus responded, “’If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” The boy’s father then cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”[3]

I like that prayer. Don’t we need help with our own doubt? Don’t we have our own lost dreams? Aren’t we sometimes prone to a little pessimism? God understands and He will help us just like he helped the father and son.

A. W. Tozer once said, “Outside the will of God, there is nothing I want. And in the will of God there is nothing I fear.”[4]

God loves us so much that He promises help. He said, “Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD trust also in Him, and He will do it.”[5] He also said, “Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.”[6] It seems to me that He already has put His desires in our hearts and just wants us to look to Him for directions on how to achieve them.

So much has changed in our world today, in our country, and perhaps even in our lives. It’s a good time to reject pessimism and forget lost dreams and look into our hearts for what God may have planted there. It will surely be something that brings a spark of joy. And if you feel a smidgeon of doubt, just pray what the father prayed when he looked to Jesus to heal his son, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”

[1] https://thoughtcatalog.com/january-nelson/2018/09/lottery-winner-stories/

[2]  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxkwXJLRYc4&list=WL&index=426

[3] Mark 9:14-29 NASB

[4] https://www.quoteschristian.com/awtozer.html

[5] Psalm 37:4-5.

[6] Proverbs 16:3

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