What does it take to go from a dream to reality? Do we simply wait on God or is there a process that requires our active participation? I love the idea of having dreams – big dreams. And yes, those dreams may come into view. But it requires a clear plan of action, imagination, desire, hard work, self-discipline, and faith.
What you have and are today are the result of God’s creation having been shaped and molded by human intelligence and hard work. The ancient Jews recited a prayer every year at Passover that describes how this works:
“Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.”
That prayer reveals a profound spiritual principle: God’s gifts are raw materials, not finished products. Think about the most revered sacrament in the church – Holy Communion. Does God give us bread and wine? Where can you find those in nature? You can’t. God makes wheat, He doesn’t make bread. He makes grapes – not wine. But when we take the raw materials God gives us, we can add our work and give them back to Him as an offering.
This is a picture of the spiritual life for each of us. Every one of us has special gifts – singing, mathematical skills, writing, gardening, art, computer skills, selling abilities, teaching others, encouraging others. But whatever our gift is, it’s a raw product. It has limited value until we apply the discipline necessary to make it useful to ourselves and others.
Our lives are the bread that we make to offer back to God. We get nothing but rough materials – life doesn’t hand us the finished product. Life may even bring us obstacles or heartache along the way. But ultimately, our lives are the bread that we prepare. Our lives are what those around us see as the result of what we’ve done with those raw materials.
What are the three things you want to happen yet this year? What specific steps are you taking to move from a dream into a beautiful completed loaf of bread? Recognize your role in the process and move forward with confidence, boldness, and enthusiasm.
The tragedy of a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives. —Henry David Thoreau