I was reading Douglas Malloch’s poem “Be the Best of Whatever You Are” (read below) the other day and it made me think about our dreams and expectations versus the reality of our lives.
We all had, have, and will have many dreams throughout life, but many of these dreams will not become a reality. What should we do when our dreams do not come true? Should we give up and become mad at the world, mad at God or mad at those we expected to help us in achieving our dreams?
I like to think that the best way to deal with a failed dream is to accept our reality, accept the life we have and accept who God created us to be. No all of our dreams can and will come true, we need to learn to make the best out of what we have. God can, and will use you! Your life does not need to be perfect, by the way, what is a perfect life? My standards of a perfect life might be totally different from your standards, therefore do not measure yourself against others. Do not let your past hold you back, the past is the past, and God can make all things new. He wants to use you right now, right where you stand. So let Him do that. Be the best that you can be, be a blessing to those around you, be the friend to offer a shoulder to cry on, be there for those in need, and do it with joy, do it knowing you have a purpose in life, knowing that you are standing right where God wants you to stand.
“Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability, because there is no work, no planning, no learning, and no wisdom in the next world where you’re going.”
– Ecclesiastes 9:10
Be The Best of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch
“If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley–but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway some happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass–
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail–
Be the best of whatever you are!”