Have you written a script for God, indicating many of your life steps, thinking he’ll automatically read it, approve it, and sign off on it? Anytime you pursue your dreams and leave God out of the planning process, you’ve just replaced God with your dreams, and that’s a form of idolatry. Oh sure, you don’t have little statues laid out in your bedroom, but your heart is filled with them. This is not to say you should be directionless or ambitionless (because we certainly have enough of that), but it is to say that your plans and dreams can be a cover-up for self-centered ambitions, and that’s when it can become toxic. Your dreams and ambitions may even be good, but what if God had something greater? Something better by his standards.
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