Who you are doesn’t have to be at odds with who you’re becoming. In fact, finding contentment with who you are right now is the first step to becoming, as my friend Kristine Brown says, More Than Yourself. I’m excited to share her words about why dreaming doesn’t mean you are discontent today!
I felt guilty for dreaming.
I had a fulfilling job, fun coworkers, and an appreciative boss. Each day at work offered a
new opportunity to make a difference. I couldn’t ask for more than what I had. It was enough.
Actually, it was more than enough.
But some days I just wanted to be somewhere else, which made me feel guilty.
A question nagged at my spirit. Is it selfish to want something different when God has given me something good?
You see, I had this dream. I tried to brush it away. I convinced myself I needed to be content with my current circumstances, and that meant forgetting about my dream.
Or did it? Does having big dreams mean I’m discontent where I am? If I dream for the future, am I being ungrateful for my present blessings?
The Bible is full of big dreamers. Some of them waited years to see their dreams fulfilled. Many of them endured one hardship after another on the path to their dreams.
There were others who endured hardships, but also had many things in their lives to be thankful for. Let’s take a look at one of my all-time favorite women in Scripture, Hannah.
“Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.”
1 Samuel 1:4-5 NIV
Hannah had an adoring husband and a double portion of food on the table. She had everything she needed to live a happy life, yet she longed for children.
“Why are you crying Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me – isn’t that better than having ten sons?”
1 Samuel 1:8 NLT
At first glance, we might think Hannah wasn’t content with her life. Her husband even pointed out her sadness.
But we would be wrong to judge Hannah, because she had a dream God placed in her heart. And dreaming big doesn’t equal discontent. Quite the opposite!
Contentment doesn’t keep us from reaching our dreams. It helps us grow toward them. What we need to remember is this. Having a dream will not take the place of your current happiness. The dream itself is an integral part of the masterpiece God created you to be.
Your dream belongs to God. He created it, and He created you to fulfill it.
“So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son.”
1 Samuel 1:20a
In the course of time…
As we live out our sometimes ordinary, sometimes hard, and sometimes joyous days, we have peace in knowing God is using each moment to nourish the dream. And through our experiences, learning to be content cultivates our character and prepares us for all God has planned.
Hannah learned this truth, and so can we.
I love where God has me today. It. Is. Good. And I’m still dreaming too, because appreciating the beauty in my every day brings me one step closer to my dream.
So let’s hold on to those dreams. And while we’re at it, let’s also let go of the guilt. As my dear friend Liz says, “Who you are doesn’t have to be at odds with who you’re becoming.”
Let’s declare today who we are in Christ – content dreamers, more than ourselves, God’s MASTERPIECE.
“If you’re content to simply be yourself, you will become more than yourself.”
Luke 14:11 MSG
Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:
And coming Soon:
Dreaming is all Dandelions and Daffodils
(re)Designing the Dream
Living the Dream
Dare to Dream Again
Kristine Brown is a communicator at heart who teaches about God’s powerful, relatable Word. She is the author of Over It. Conquering Comparison to Live Out God’s Plan and founder of the non-profit organization, More Than Yourself, Inc. Kristine writes about her God-story and helps others discover their own at www.morethanyourself.com.
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