Today, I am enjoying that the One who made me, knows me better than I know myself, is also the One who equips me. Any dreams that I have are placed there by my God, my King. He has made me, given me desires to move me and He has promised to equip me in the going.

It’s graduation time. A time when we are most likely to hear phrases like, “If you can dream it, you can be it.” (I guess if you watch a lot of Oprah, this is a familiar idea as well.) There is a book that one of my colleagues introduced me to, The Secret.  It teaches us that if we think positive, things will go the way of our thoughts…that we somehow have control over the energy of the universe and all we really need to do is believe and it will happen. This kind of thinking…the “American dream” and the pursuit of happiness… is very popular.

Jesus doesn’t promise an easy road. He doesn’t promise a life free from pain, persecution, tragedy, even death. He promises peace. He promises to be there. He promises to develop us into patient, peaceful, loving people who are able to embrace the love of our Creator. He promise to lead us into the restoration of things as they should be. He promises us that He will teach us how to live a life that is not concerned with the temporary things of this world, but to find treasure in all of creation. Somehow, while I can understand why many choose another road, I am convinced that this road is better. All the riches of Heaven are ours as children of God, what is worth trading them for?

So, while I struggle with some of the things that are not right about me. While I wrestle with how to become those things I believe I am called to. While I continue on the journey of becoming all that God has created me to be… I find it encouraging that I am not left to go it alone. I am glad about that.

By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!  (Romans 5:1-5, The Message)

John 16: 12-15