I want to write a bestselling book.
I want to have a successful music studio.
I want to see my books made into faithful movies.
I want to get married and raise a family.
But what if?
What if I never hit any kind of amazing sales ranking on Amazon?
What if I never get any more music students or have to stop teaching altogether?
What if my books never attract enough attention for anyone even to consider a film adaptation?
What if I never get married?
What if I do get married, but can't have children?
Would my life then be, as Anne would say, "a perfect graveyard of buried hopes"?
It shouldn't be.
It's not bad to want to be successful as a writer and music teacher. It's not bad to desire to be a wife and mother. I would go so far as to say that in many cases those are all very good desires. But if those are my end goals, I've got a problem. If my goals are ends in themselves, I'll always come up empty.
If I'm going to continue as a writer, I need to do it because that's how God wants me to serve Him.
If I'm going to continue teaching music, I need to do it because that's how God wants me to serve Him.
If I'm going to get married and raise a family, I need to do it because God has no longer called me to serve Him as a single person.
And if He stops calling me to the things He's called me to now, I can't hold onto them. I have to let them go and serve Him in my new calling.
So if you want to be a writer, don't do it because you like to write. Do it because that's how God calls you to serve Him.
If you want to be a lawyer, don't do it because you like the law. Do it because that's how God calls you to serve Him.
If you want to work at Hobby Lobby, don't do it because you love retail and crafts. Do it because that's how God calls you to serve Him.
If you want to be a wife and mother, don't do it because you're in love and can't wait to have kids. Do it because that's how God calls you to serve Him.
God calls us all to different things. God places us all in different circumstances throughout our lives. God calls us to serve Him in different ways in every season of our lives. We can't hold onto our plans because that's what we want to do. We can't sit around waiting for that next season of life because that's the one we want the most. We have to serve God now, in every season, in every circumstance, in every way He places before us.
And that should be our life goal.