Recently I have spent a lot of time driving through the middle of the night. For this adventure I generally need 2 things. 5-hour energy drink (grape flavor) and good music or podcasts.
I know, I know, it’s the glamorous road life you have always dreamed about. Ha!
However, I sincerely enjoy those moments. It gets very quiet on the road around 3am and it gives me some “think” time. This past weekend Matt Redman’s new worship album was playing through the car stereo, I was in “Hour-1” of the energy drink (which is the sweet spot, in my opinion) and I began to ponder a few things. Deep things for a country boy like me. The great canyon between desire and reality.
You did know there is a canyon between desire and reality didn’t you? That great canyon separates you from experiencing the reality you desire. The only way the space between desire and reality can be crossed is to build a bridge. That bridge is usually referred to as: Work. Effort. Sweat. Discipline. These are all words that don’t necessarily roll off the tongue.
Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Ouch. However, Thomas is right. Sometimes we miss out on the reality we want because we simply don’t put in the work.
Somewhere in the middle-of-nowhere Arkansas, I realized that there are several “realities” that I desire. Among other things I want a reality of physical, mental and spiritual health. But they will never be more than dreams unless I do the work or build a bridge that gets me from one side to the other. From desire to reality.
What does this mean? For me it means that I take a long, hard look at what I want. Not what others want for me. Not what the culture tells me I should want. What I want. Or better yet, what God wants. What are the realities He wants for me? Once I've determined that, I can then do the work (with help from the Holy Spirit) that gets me from what I wish for to what I experience.
What are the desires you want to become realities?