August 23 The Trap of Wishful Thinking

The Trap of Wishful Thinking One reason people aren’t specific about their visions is that they confuse them with mission. Another reason is that they get caught in the trap of wishful thinking. Their dreaming doesn’t go beyond vague ideas of what they would like to do “someday.” Yet dreaming is only the beginning of vision. Instead of wishing that things would get better, we must make concrete resolutions. We have to say, “Things must get better, and here, specifically, is what I’m going to do about it.” For example, instead of saying, “I wish I could go to college,” sit down today and send for applications to specific colleges. When they arrive, start filling them out. Instead of saying, “I wish I could lose weight,” see your doctor and go on a specific weight-loss plan. Make a decision, and then take the first step.

People’s success or failure in life is not dependent on the color of their skin. The real problem is the color of some people’s lives; their lives are “gray.” Such people don’t have a  precise way of living. They’re just here. They drift along, allowing life to happen to them. God doesn’t want anyone to live in a gray zone. When someone is living in the gray, it means that person isn’t saying “yes” or “no,” but “maybe.” He has no real intention of doing anything with his life. God has invested so much in us. He doesn’t want to see us wasting our lives in wishful thinking. He wants us to place our feet on the solid ground of God-given vision.

Prayer: Father, I don’t wish to live in a gray zone.

Help me to make concrete decisions that will help me to fulfill the vision You have placed within me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: God doesn’t want anyone to live in a gray zone.

Reading: Psalm 113–115; 1 Corinthians 6

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