This was heavy on my heart this morning so I thought I’d share it…
The American Dream. If you achieve the American Dream and you look at your life in your 30’s or 40’s and see your house, your career, your car, your spouse, your kids, your retirement plan and you are a Christian—be careful. Don’t become the person who realizes the American Dream, then says, “Look! I made it. Look at all I have accomplished!” because when you acquire this attribution of your success to yourself, God may actually see weak Christianity, separated from being in the Spirit and in humility.
Our culture may hand us an acceptance letter for achieving the American Dream, but are we confusing this proverbial acceptance letter for God’s approval? If we didn’t realize God’s Dream for us, and we find ourselves impressed with our own competence, having reached the culture’s ideal but not God’s, there really may not be too much to get excited about in that moment, in terms of our spiritual condition.
Maybe this can account for the phenomenon of the “mid-life crisis”. After a period of time, people find they are unsatisfied with all they have worked for. Then they go seeking new (sometimes destructive) ventures, since they are experiencing the unfortunate consequences of a life built on sand.
How important is the American Dream to you, and do you know how to separate the American Dream from God’s plans? Hard work is virtuous and family is important and we can’t lose that, but dreaming with God is better than American dreaming this life away.
“The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown'” (Mark 4:14-20 NIV).
Maybe it’s time to take less seriously the pressures of the American Dream and reaffirm our dedication to the plan of God.