It will save us money on gas. It will be low maintenance. It will be fun to drive. It will, fill in the blank…
I had this idea that a motorcycle would make things so much easier and save us a ton of money. Just look at all these reasons why I should get one. I got the approval and started out on the hunt. I found what kind I was looking for and went to the Internet to find the one I wanted to buy. I went a few rounds on eBay, won one and drove to Atlanta to pick it up.
I brought it home and set out to learn to ride it. With kids cheering in the background and too many times stalling it in the backyard I finally got it. Now, I was ready to save money!
“You driving the motorcycle this morning?” “No, I don’t have enough time. No, I don’t want to wake everyone up. No, I can’t get it started. No, it is raining. No, fill in the blank”
Replace the tank because of rust, new paint job, new battery, rain suit, new tire.
Finally, someone bought it off my hands.
Why the long story? To illustrate my point of dream vs reality. I had set up in my mind the dream of owning a motorcycle. How great it was going to be. Then reality set in after I had the motorcycle. It wasn’t ALL good. Some may call this the grass is always greener syndrome.
We get our mind made up and no matter what anyone tells us we have painted this dream in our heads. We don’t want to hear it and push off any of these problems. Then when reality sets in it hits us like a ton of bricks. It was always there, but now we can really see it.
I hear you saying, “I have no clue what you are talking about, I don’t want a motorcycle.” Where do we see these scenarios today?
Material Things – Houses, cars, shopping sprees. We are bombarded every minute by advertisements of why we need X and how it will make life so much better.
Relationships – The world has depicted these plastic men and women and relationships that don’t really exist. If you are not careful you will wonder why your significant other isn’t like the dream you have created. We are not perfect and neither is our husbands or wives. Too many people are opting to take the easy way out and leave and not deal with issues.
The idea of having your kid play on the baseball “travel team” is a lot different than the reality of it.
So what am I trying to say?
Think hard about what you’re about to buy, who you’re about to befriend, or what you’re signing up to do. Are you considering the reality? Or the dream? Pray and seek God’s will in all things.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?