*Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. This October, I am taking part in a series based on this called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes”, in which we commit to writing from the prompt as usual, but everyday rather than just on a Friday. Read more here.
“All things are possible.”
“You can do whatever you want to.”
“The sky’s the limit.”
“Dream big and you will get what you desire.”
My generation – and the subsequent one – has grown up being told we are special, that we can do anything we want to do, that no career, dream or fame is off-limits.
What is strange is that we are the generation(s) who suffer(s) the most from depression and mental illness, from struggles with image and health and many other problems. We feel lonely, isolated, frustrated.
We dream of fame and fortune, but the more success and wealth we amass, the less happy we are.
We drift from job to job, not quite understanding why the supposed ‘dream-job’ we sought and got is not quite as great as we thought it would be.
My husband and I are just starting to make our way through Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. The book is a great one, and the first chapter is particularly poignant. Rick Warren dares to suggest that perhaps the reason we find little joy in our successes is that they are not the true purpose of our life. Maybe we believe it is because we have always been told so, but the truth is, we were created for a purpose. And in order to discover that purpose, we must look to the one who created us.
I have dreamed of doing many different things over the years, but found that that is rarely what God had planned for me. Sometimes the desires are good, God-given ones, and they come to pass.
But sometimes, God asks me to let them go, because His purpose for me is other, it is more. It is the purpose and dreams I discover in prayer, in contemplation, in relationship with Him. And it is more than possible. It is preferable. And it is where true joy is found.