Today all the God-sized dreamers were supposed to write about why our dream is worth pursuing. To encourage all you fellow dreamers that you should be out there fighting for your dreams.
And I tried. I put fingers to keyboard to no avail. I’ve had a lot of dreams over the years. In elementary school, I thought I’d be a missionary to Africa. Growing up I was confident I would become a pediatrician. I always loved to write and used to dream that my short stories would be published by the New Yorker. I have never had a shortage of dreams.
I never dreamed of becoming a lawyer. I never dreamed I would work in the energy industry. I never dreamed I would write a blog. I never dreamed I would have triplets. I never dreamed I would live in Houston. These are things that happened to me that make me happy but that I didn’t dream.
I think the problem is that I’m a concrete dreamer. Because I’m a planner. A control freak. I dream with dates and places and specificity. I dream in boxes. I’m a dreamer, but I’m an organized dreamer. Luckily for me, God dreams in landscapes. He paints the picture for my life with broad brush strokes in unique colors and abstract shapes. He allows dreams to morph and grow and uses the concrete places of my life like my job or my geography to form the foundation for Him to build His dreams. He’s the builder of the house of dreams. Maybe that’s what Paul meant when he wrote in Ephesians that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
So instead of me urging you on in my dreaming boxes, I thought I would share the words of others who can encourage you in the why of chasing your dreams:
Elizabeth at Seasons With A Soul: “So, my answer to Why Dream? is Why Not? When we have the power, the majesty, and the light of our God on our side, how can we say anything but a resounding Yes!”
Chelle at Treat Me To A Feast: “Simply put, I have no choice. I didn’t choose my path. I love that I’m on it, I know that I’m not alone, but I had no choice.”
Barefoot Mel: “And it’s worth chasing because it’s what He’s calling me to do.”
Alecia Simersky: “Let’s fight for more in this life and not settle for mediocrity any longer.”
And from our very own fearless leader, Holley Gerth: At some point in pursuing your dream, you will get tired. You will sit down on the side of the road and say, “For crying out loud, if I knew it was going to be this hard and take this long, I never would have started down this path.” Your job in those moments is simply this: don’t quit. Because just over the next hill, just around the next bend is the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for, and you will miss it if you stop now….What’s most likely to defeat you isn’t external circumstances or challenges, it’s you! Don’t give in to discouragement, doubt, or fear. Don’t let the enemy tell you that you’ve goofed this up for good and it’s over. Just keep going. You will get there, one way or another. From Chapter 4, You’re Made for A God-Sized Dream.
Keep dreaming. We’re in this together.