Many of us go through the motions of every day life - most out of necessity, many due to "busyness," and still others because they have given in to the mundane. Still others are running "from" something in their life:
- We work feverishly because we are running from a debt-ridden lifestyle
- We become isolationists - living life vicariously through the internet because we are running from true and authentic relationships
- We let our kids do whatever they want to because we are running from our responsibilities as a parent
- We ignore our spouse because we are running from an intimate and loving relationship
- We selfishly cover ourselves in sin because we are running from a life-changing relationship with God
On the other hand, when you are running towards something, everything changes:
- You have focus - a goal in mind
- You develop expectations - you're expecting to arrive somewhere
- You're looking forward - the path is in front of you
- You develop vision - you have a mission and a preferred method of getting there
Many people learn from the past. I want to challenge you to learn by dreaming about the future. Sure it's great to evaluate the past, especially to evaluate mistakes and to learn from them. But something extraordinary happens when you learn by imagining a preferred future. Leaders have done this for decades. Where are you now, and where do you want to be in the future. Then develop a plan on how to get there.
Of course, that was God's plan all along. From Moses in the Old Testament to Jesus in the New Testament - God was delivering us - not from something, but towards Him. He knows our best path in life, but so many times we are running from something instead of running to Him.
What's your dream? Or more importantly, what's God's dream for you? Embrace it. Run towards it. Don't look back; keep moving forward. Your future awaits.