Dreaming Doesn’t Mean Discontent

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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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“If you’re content to simply be yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

Luke 14:11 MSG

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Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:

Daring to Dream

Discovering the Dream

Dreaming with a Dose of Discernment

Doing the Dream

Dreaming Doesn’t Mean Discontent

When Drudgery Dulls Dreams

When Dreams are Delayed

Death of Dream

Laying Down the Dream

And coming Soon:

Dreaming is all Dandelions and Daffodils

(re)Designing the Dream

Living the Dream

Dare to Dream Again

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Author bio:

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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40 thoughts on “Dreaming Doesn’t Mean Discontent

  1. “In the course of time. . . ” Four words that make all the difference! I am keeping this with me today and chewing on it. What rest there is knowing that God is in charge and gives as He sees fit “in the course of time.” Thank you, Kristine! (And Liz for sharing these words!)

    1. You are so welcome, Lisa. I am thankful the words spoke to you. When I re-read the post today, I thought, “Boy, did I need to hear this!” LOL God knows exactly what we need and when we need it:)

  2. “Contentment doesn’t keep us from reaching our dreams. It helps us grow toward them.” This is good! We don’t hear this perspective very often so I’m encouraged to read it here. I do want to be content where I am (and thankfully, I usually am), but that doesn’t mean that I’m not also growing toward other wonderful things too.

    1. So true, Lisa. Sometimes I think that if I’m content, that means I shouldn’t be dreaming of new, exciting things in the future. We should live each day in the moment, appreciating it as a gift. But we can also dream of things we would like to do as God directs us. Thanks for the comment!

  3. “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!” That dropped right in my heart. Going to try to remember that.

  4. I love this message and your heart full of helping people move towards their dreams, one step at a time. You are so right, who you are today doesn’t have to be at odds with who you are becoming! such a great word. and so is: Contentment doesn’t keep us from reaching our dreams. It helps us grow toward them. Thanks for sharing at #MondayMusings

  5. Thank you so much for this encouragement, Kristine. I have been chasing my dream for a few years now, and I am so frustrated that my dream wasn’t instantly realized. I also feel all that guilt for making certain sacrifices (and asking my husband to make sacrifices) for the sake of the dream. Your perspective on Hannah’s story gave me such comfort and hope, and I so appreciate you sharing your wisdom regarding the Word.

    1. Melissa, I feel your pain! I’m so glad you found encouragement in Kristine’s words and hope you’ll visit some of the other posts in this series! There are more that will speak to your struggles, too! Blessings!

    2. Oh Melissa, your comment touched me deeply. Honestly, I thought I was the only one who felt this way, until God helped me see the revelation in Hannah’s story. I am glad it brought you hope, as well. Praying for you and your dream today! I believe God gave you the dream for a reason, and He will guide your every step.

  6. It was so good to be here and read this post. It is so true. I think our dreams are God given to move us towards His plans and purposes for our lives. So encouraging to read these words today! Blessings to you both!

    1. You too Joanne! Thank you for visiting, and for the encouraging comment. I believe our dreams are for a purpose too. And when God gives them to us, He will lead us in the direction of the dream. Blessings!

  7. Thank you so much for this post! I can’t even tell you how these words have spoken to me today, how full of freedom they are! I cherish some big dreams and have asked the same questions. Thank you for reminding me that “Your dream belongs to God. He created it, and He created you to fulfill it.”

  8. Yay, love these words, Liz and Kristine. 🙂 How insightful about contentment…I hadn’t considered that angle before. Thanks for sharing. Have enjoyed digging into dreaming with you. 🙂 It must be a message God wants to be shared right now because — have you noticed how many discussions there are about dreaming lately? — Love this, Liz and Kristine, thank you. — And, thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today, friend. xoxo

  9. I love this: “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.”

    It can be so easy to forget about dreams in the ordinary. We can so easily martyr ourselves in living our one life in front of us. But God uses it all. Dreams are not selfish. They are intricate pieces of our story.

  10. Kristine, I love that phrase, “in the course of time.” This is such a good reminder that God doesn’t operate according to the same kind of calendar that dictates our days. He’s got His timetable … for us individually, for the church, for the world. I find a lot of comfort in that–and in your words here–during a season when I’m sort of questioning a dream and wondering if I should let it go. 🙂

  11. This is so good, Kristine! I’ve struggled so much with this one. Shouldn’t I just be content where I am and not chase wild dreams, even if those dreams were planted by God? Shouldn’t I focus on my here and now, instead of putting in so much time on my dreams? Love this encouragement that we can both be content and chase our dreams!

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