Live your dream.
Rarely a day goes by that those words—or some essence of them—show up in a meme on my social media feeds.
Quite frankly, we live in a time where there is no shortage of how-to-live-your-dream resources.
Courses, pdf downloads, books, conferences, magazine articles, blog posts, coaching, and podcasts to name a few.
I have to admit, I find myself quite drawn to all of it.
Ok. Full disclosure. I pursued it.
I bought the courses, read the books, downloaded the freebies, subscribed to the blogs, and listened to the podcasts.
You see, I know there is a dream in my heart, and I wanted to learn every secret, have every tool, and navigate well every advantage—in order to accomplish my dream.
Let me just say right now—there is nothing wrong with pursuing the information and tools that will help us live fully into the dreams God has massaged deep into our hearts.
However, this is what I found was happening to me in my never-ending pursuit:
- I was confused by all the conflicting information.
- I was distracted from investing time and energy into my own God-assignments.
- I was easily attracted to the promise of the next shiny-new product.
- I experienced big-time FOMO – fear of missing out. (After all, what if there was a big break-through about dream-building and I missed it?).
- I was immobilized by comparing myself to other dream-fulfilling women I saw online.
- I was easily overwhelmed by the sheer speed and immense volume of information coming my way.
The result of all of the above was: I would start much and finish little.
Here’s what I have been learning about living my dream:
- Listen to His voice first. Psalm 32:8 (NLT) says, “I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with my eye on you, I will give counsel.” Doesn’t it make complete sense to go to the Dream-Giver-Instructor first before any other pursuit?
- Choose wisely the other voices you listen to. In the plethora of promises, strategies and methods available us, discern wisely who will influence and impact your dream. For this season in my life and ministry, I have prayerfully chosen to follow and listen to 4 godly women who have an online presence that mirrors my own heart, desires, and current personal growth needs.
- Our dream is lived out day by day. How often do we think that living our dream is for someday? Oh my, this could quite be my biggest lesson of all—and it has taken me too many years to learn and apply it’s truth: Today is my day to live my dream. Today. Not someday.
Yes. You have a dream in your heart. Your God-given dream will look different than mine or anyone else’s.
In saying that, can I also say: this is not about comparing dreams.
This is about faithfulness.
Faithfulness in the small and ordinary of our own daily God-assignments—because that is exactly where and how our Dream-Giver is preparing us for tomorrow’s piece of our dream. On so on.
Today I can say: I am livin’ the dream. For today, my dream is all captured in my daily schedule.
- “fluffing” my Christmas tree
- preparing for supper
- writing this blog post
- returning emails
- doing laundry—and putting it away
- cleaning my office
- preparing for a video-conference call later in the week
Tomorrow’s small and ordinary looks completely different. I will take care of that tomorrow.
But for today I seek His grace to diligently care for the small and ordinary.
Be encouraged sweet friend. That dream in your heart can be cultivated and nurtured by our dream-giving Lord in the small and ordinary each and every day. You need not wait for someday.
How are you are livin’ the dream today? Let me know by leaving a comment below!