Whilst studying at university there often comes a point (or many in my case) where I feel a step, or two, behind the rest of the herd. I question myself. Is it the lack of time I have dedicated to the masses of pages we are expected to read in the space of a week? Is it the fact that I am 25 (going on 26) and the rest of the flock are in their late teens or early twenties (with the exception of about five)? What is it?
I have come to the solid decision it is none of the above. It is because, once again, I have left the most important Man out of my study and taken the reigns of my future into my own grasp. You would think that twenty-five years of faith would allow me to recognize when I have taken things upon myself again, but no...
How can we expect to move closer to the desire of our hearts or the dream we so desire to see brought about if we constantly take control and try and make things happen on our own accord. To expect things to succeed from our own selfish desires is folly and to try and force God's hand into making something happen is unrealistic and so human.
To move forward in our dream it must be God-focused not dream focused. I've heard so many great Godly men and women tell me, "Kendall, if God has given you a dream then take a step towards it everyday." In my heart I always screamed, "WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!"
No-one told me that taking a step towards your dream doesn't always mean to start collecting wood to build that orphanage you dream of or to start making massive pots of soup for the masses of people you one day hope to feed. No. Taking a step towards your dream is taking a step towards God. Making Him truly the Lord of your life and learning to trust Him in all things. Taking steps towards God IS taking steps toward your dream.
The rest God will lead you in, but before you start making leaps toward your dream try taking some steps towards the maker of that dream.