After Easter (Post Resurrection)
How to Turn Broken Dreams into New Beginnings
by Whitney Hopler
Have you ever had a dream you hoped would come true break apart instead? From a
dream of parenthood that's dashed by infertility to a dream about a career that
eludes you when you can't get a job in your field, broken dreams are a fact of
life in this fallen world.
Experiencing a broken dream in your life can make you feel as if your hope has
died along with your dream. But broken dreams are more than just endings;
they're also opportunities for new beginnings. The sadness and anger you feel
can give way to peace and joy – if you choose to trust God to help you move on
from the death of your dream to experience a life that's full of His
Here's how you can turn broken dreams into new beginnings:
Switch from asking "why?" to asking "what?" when praying about what has
happened. It won't help you to ask God why a certain dream died; He usually
doesn't reveal the reasons why He allows suffering to enter our lives because
the reasons are often beyond our ability to truly understand from our limited
perspective. But it will help you to switch your focus to asking what you should
do now that it has happened. You can expect God to answer that question by
guiding you to the next steps that would be best for you to take.
Let Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection inspire you. The crucifixion and
resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate example of the truth that new beginnings
come after the death of something. You can count on God to do something new in
your life after one of your dreams dies, if you invite God to do so.
Say farewell to what has been. Say goodbye to your broken dream by accepting the
reality that it won't come true and letting go of what reminds you of it (for
example, giving away baby clothes and equipment you'd been saving for a child,
after you've stopped infertility treatments and adoption plans). Grieve for your
dream that has died, and then consider what you hope God may resurrect in your
relationship with Him as you move on and pursue healing.
Prepare yourself for change. Expect God to change you into someone who is more
like Jesus through the healing process. Prepare yourself to engage with God's
work in your life by focusing less on doing (so you're not distracted by being
too busy with activities that don't ultimately matter) and more on being
(focusing on rest that renews your spirit and helps you notice how God is
working in your life). Decide to make the most of the life you have by pursuing
the adventures on which God leads you.
Place your trust in God. In the face of the hard reality that God didn't answer
your prayers the way you'd wanted, keep in mind that there are many complexities
involved that determine how God answers prayers, and you can't understand them
all from your limited perspective. Understand that God may have withheld the
answer you'd wanted in response to your prayers about your dream because, in
doing so, God prevented something bad from happening that you didn't realize
would happen if He had granted your request. But God does promise in the Bible
that He will work out everything for the good of those who love Him. Choose to
that God will fulfill that promise in your life.
Be confident that your broken dream hasn't broken your identity. The death of
your dream may have changed your role, position, or status in life. But rest
assured that nothing can change your identity as one of God's beloved children.
Know that you are significant and valuable to God, whether or not your dreams
succeed. So don't base your sense of self-worth on how well your dreams do or
don't work out. Instead, have confidence that your identity in Christ makes you
a person of great worth, no matter what.
Invest in supportive friendships. Spend time with some friends you can trust to
encourage you as you heal from the death of your dream and move forward in life.
Openly and honestly share your thoughts and feelings with them, and ask them to
pray for you. Do the same for them whenever they need your support.
Ask God to fulfill good purposes through your suffering. The suffering you've
gone through isn't in vain. God has promised that He has good purposes in mind
for allowing any kind of suffering to enter people's lives. If you trust God to
work in every part of your life, He will fulfill those good purposes. Just as
Jesus' suffering brought about forgiveness and life to all people who place
their trust in Him, your suffering will also produce good results if you trust
God to use it according to His will.
Take the new risks you sense God leading you to take. Don't be afraid to start
pursuing new dreams. Pray that God will show you whether or not those dreams
align with His will for your life. If you sense that that they do, and the Holy
Spirit is urging you to take the risks necessary to fulfill those dreams, don't
hesitate to take the risks so you can move forward with those new dreams.
Look forward to new dreams coming true in your life. Just because you've had
some dreams die doesn't mean that you won't have other dreams come true.
Remember that God is a good Father who loves to give good gifts to His children
– so God does want to make some dreams come true for you. Keep trusting and
expecting God to work in your life, making the right dreams come true at the
right times and in the right ways.
Adapted from 'Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings',
copyright 2012 by Sheridan Voysey. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville,
About The Authors:
Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality.
His books include the award-winning 'Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine
Along the Journey of Life', and the three-volume series 'Open House: Sheridan Voysey in Conversation'. He is married to Merryn, and lives and travels from
Oxford, United Kingdom. Visit his website at: www.sheridanvoysey.com.
Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a
Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com's site on angels
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