We ask children (and sometimes child-like adults) "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Answers like "an astronaut," "a firefighter," and "the president," (as well as the occasional "I want to be a dog/cat") are common. As we get older though our plans and dreams change, we still continue to plan and dream anyway.
Joseph was a man with a plan, or at least a dream. In Genesis 37 we read about two dreams Joseph was given by God. In both, the interpretation was clear, one day Joseph's family would bow down to him. Enraged at this idea, and by the favoritism that had already been shown to him by their father, Joseph's brothers take him and sell him off into slavery never to be seen again...or so they thought. Joseph thought this as well. God had a plan for Joseph that his brothers did not like so they tried to stop it from happening. Ironically, their attempted disruption is the very thing that helped the dreams of Joseph and the plans of God come to fruition.
We plan things all the time: birthday parties, vacations, and school events are just a few plans that come to mind. You likely still have dreams as well: thoughts about your children's future, remodels for your home, your career path, and retirement. Sometimes, maybe even more often than not, our plans fail, but know this, God has a plan for you and just as He brought His plan to fruition for Joseph so too will He do so for you.
When our schedules fall apart, things don't go as well as we planned, or our dreams fall apart. know that God still has a beautiful, glorious plan for your life and He will not allow it to fall.
What are some hopes/dreams you have for your family?
Make a list of steps detailing how you plan to achieve these hopes/dreams. Make sure God is at the center of it all!
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