I have read an article suggesting that following one’s dreams is anathema to following God. In other words, Jesus’ comment to “deny yourself”, meant that whatever you have in your heart to do is probably worldly and should, therefore, be rejected as self-centered, not Kingdom-centered.
But, why should “following your dreams” and “following Christ” be mutually exclusive?
When you meet an individual who is actually doing what God has gifted him to do, you meet someone who is truly Kingdom-centered.
There are two kinds of miserable people in the world: Those who spend their lives trying to increase their personal, worldly happiness and those who have never discovered the gift God has made them to a world that desperately needs to see someone experiencing the joy of the Lord.
Let us help our children discover the giftings/talents God has put within each of them. Let us respect those giftings/talents. Let us give our kids the time and the resources to become proficient in what God has put within each of them. Let us send our children into a world that needs to see someone expressing God’s giftings/talents and expressing “the joy of the Lord as their strength.”
What could be more appealing to a world that has found no real joy in living self-centered lives?