Do you remember your childhood dreams and how you envisioned yourself grown up? As a child, I grabbed my Matchbox pickup trucks and a trailer with a dirt bike or boat, along with my Lincoln Logs. Settling under a Pine tree in my friend’s back yard, I built a big cabin along with a work shed. I pretended to own a house building business in the mountains. Other days toy farm equipment was taken to the sand box or we danced in playrooms or played school with friends. When my son was in early elementary school, he routinely organized football or baseball games until he was old enough to play team sports. We can all recall and retell days of past from our childhood when vision and dreams were birthed.
Do you have memories such as these? Sometimes these dreams that danced through our heads gave us clues to God’s purpose for our lives. I believe we all had and still have dreams and hopes to live with passion and purpose. I believe we have a calling from God, yet we can get caught up and swallowed by the demands of adulthood. Our real passion can get delayed, “shelved” or completely lost in closets of unfulfilled dreams. We sometimes spend more energy “chasing daylight” than pursuing real purpose from God. The busyness of life distracts and ensnarls. Does this resonate with you? If so, Jesus tells his disciples while healing a man who is blind, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4) We only have one life to make the most of this side of heaven, and I believe God has given us the gifts and ability to pursue what we are called to do in spite of the entrapments of adulthood.
I would encourage you to join me in worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am at Groveland Evangelical Free Church as we take an in depth look at what really drives us. How can we gain greater meaning in our daily lives at work and at home with family and friends? Remember we are all called to a purpose. Fulfilling that challenge results in inner joy. “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. (II Corinthians 3:18). It is my prayer for each and every person who reads this to discover their inner purpose and experience the joy of stepping into that calling. That is my prayer for you!
In Christ’s Service
Pastor Bob Kandels