If any of you know me in real life, or have read the About Us page recently, you understand my passion and desire to someday move to New Zealand. Or, at least, my most recent desire. You see, I have (within the past 24 hours) decided to put away that dream into my pile full of ones just like it. Please understand that the purpose of this post is not to receive comfort or compassion, but rather to open your eyes to dreams that you have that may never come true.
In case you have not heard, New Zealand has been my target of residence for nearly a year now. The land of the Kiwis is ranked #2 in the Most Beautiful Places in the world. And, from the pictures that I have seen, I believe it. In fact, I chose to use its countryside as the cover photo for this post. For the past year, I have felt a strong desire and pull to someday move there.
Last night, we came home from skiing with some friends. For some reason, New Zealand got brought up and we started talking about it. For about a month now, I have been seriously thinking about this “dream” and if it really was a good idea or not. One of my friends, out of the blue, posed a question to me, if I was still moving to New Zealand. I answered in the affirmative, but my gut feeling was a negative. You see, dreams are something to strive toward, something to have a goal set in front of you, and to achieve that goal. But what if you don’t achieve it? What if it never happens?
I know that you have heard the saying that goes something like “Shoot for the moon, and land a little lower” (I know that’s probably not it…). Many times, this is a great motivator for us to achieve our goals, but for me it is a barrier. You are probably a bit confused right now, but give me a chance to explain.
If we shoot high, and we end up lower, then what have we gained? Less than what we desired for or wanted. If we shoot low, but end up higher, then what happened? We received so much more than what we could have ever dreamed! There is, however, a major aspect in this argument that I’m leaving out, and that is God’s plan.
In my life, I want to follow God’s plan in whatever I do. I do not want to make my own plans and just ruin my life, because I did not follow His. The way I see it, He placed me in the United States for a reason. Why should I change that? Maybe someday I will be able to at least visit New Zealand, but I definitely do not want to end up making my own plan for my life. That never turns out well.
I hope you get what I’m saying here. What I’m not saying is this: Just give up on every single dream that you have ever had and sit back and do nothing. You will never accomplish anything in your life this way. What I am saying is as follows: Do not give up on your dreams, but don’t let them become the driving force of your life, either. Pray constantly and really find out if your dream is God’s will or not. Follow His plan for your life, you won’t regret it.
So, if you live in the United States, you will probably be seeing me for the rest of my life here. I’ve just decided to follow His plan, and right now, it’s that I’m right here in Kentucky, and His plan is definitely something that I don’t ever want to mess up.