I have dreams, who doesn't. I dream one day to work less, be healthy, spend time with my children and grandchildren unabated. To eat fine food, relax and enjoy a sunset. Go and see far off beautiful places. To wake up and not worry about finances. To pay a bill the day it arrives. Not as lofty a dream as most people, but realistic. In fact, much of it I already live.
There are a multitude of people "encouraging us" to "follow our dreams". They often claim to have the vehicle by which to attain these dreams. They enter your life and assume you need to chase your dreams at all cost.
The moral of the story is this;
Live your dreams, not that of others. You may find yourself living a nightmare, while in pursuit of a dream you are already living. Don't let someone else dictate what your dreams are.
For the Christian, we have to be mindful of our true calling. To Worship God, and spend eternity with him. In Colossians, Paul warns us to keep things in perspective. To be "heavenly minded" and not get weighed down with the cares of this world. We are the purchased possession of Christ and as such, we are to focus on spiritual things, heavenly things.
In Luke 2:49 Jesus modeled what our primary purpose is as a believer.
How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
When we get caught up "living our dreams", we have less time to " be about my Father's business? "
We can literally spend our earthly life working at building an empire, when in reality our Father in heaven has a mansion waiting for us in heaven. We ought to be storing up Heavenly treasures.
Let us consider the parable of the "rich man"
The "Name it and claim it" crowd will tell you every day that it is God's will that you prosper. That is true, however, they are referring to financial prosperity. How can one reconcile that ideology with Luke 18 and the parable of the rich man? In verse 24 Jesus is sorrowful concerning this man. He knows that his riches are impeding his following of Christ. Sure Christ wants us to prosper, but his primary desire is that we pick up our cross and follow him. Jesus is keenly aware of the temptation to acquire more wealth. After all the Bible says;
Notice it is the "love of money", not money itself, that is at the root of all kinds of evil. Our insatiable desire to acquire more wealth is an impediment.
Notice the contrast in this verse;
True prosperity is not measured in dollars and cents.
In conclusion, life is a balancing act. God, spouse, children, work and country. Put God first, and let him arrange the rest. Remember, live your dreams, not that of others.