Here in America we are recognized as one of the most blessed countries in the world. From getting a college degree to owning a home, we have easy access to what society calls the “American Dream”.
Within the American Dream there is a cultural saying, “work hard, play hard.” This idea is usually instilled into every american at the start of grade school. It’s one ofthe reasons why America is great. We have had hard working Americans in our pasts that have created the success that we get to enjoy today. We wouldn’t have Disney World if a man named Walt Disney didn’t dream big and work hard for his imagination to come to life! We wouldn’t have Arnold Schwarzenegger who made history within bodybuilding, then pushed himself to become an actor, and was the governor of California. Arnold couldn’t have achieved these things if hard work and discipline wasn’t involved.
America is full of careers and dreams that are very achievable, thanks to our endless possibilities within the education systems. Within these dreams, society has added the mentality that you can actually only accomplish your goals with tons of effort and hardwork. I would agree that hard work and effort plays a huge role in our success but as Christians, this mantra can easily alter our views of Christ. In our relationship with Christ, this idea of “hard work” can create the mentality that I have to “do” things to gain God’s love. It’s also easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you are going after dreams all on your own and then after you have success God is with you and is proud of you. When in fact the opposite is true; God’s love is freely given not because of human work or effort but by grace through faith alone.
I am not canceling out the idea that we have to take initiative and action upon our pursuits. I am saying that through Christ our dreams become easier to obtain. Life doesn’t have to be worrisome or stressful but we can partake in easy labor with Christ. This might sound offensive to the man or woman who is working manual labor over 60hrs a week or to the student going after a doctorate with long study hours. It can become easier than you think.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The saving knowledge of Jesus not only set us free from sin but also gives us full access to overcome the hardships of life that cause us to stress and worry about achieving our dreams and pursuits. My friends, TRUST God in this and He will see you through. When you look to God and trust God in all your works and labors he will give you the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:7).
Next time you get caught in the hustle and grind, and it seems to become harder to make your dream come to life; remember, God is with you and allows you to have the fullness of peace. He will not leave you nor forsake you and He has your end goal in mind. Trust God!