We have this idea in our adult minds that dreams aren’t worth pursuing. We fear failure, we’re prideful, and we don’t want to expose ourselves to the sting of rejection. The glitter of chasing dreams gets bottled, shelved, and handed down to our kids as if age were a factor in hoping for a bright future.
We settle for mediocrity, whatever that looks like for our life.
I get that. I’m a homebody and enjoy leaving my neighborhood around once or twice a week. Max. Facing the world and all of its uncertainties can be overwhelming for some of us. I’m certainly not agoraphobic, but I like my expected outcomes to be, well, as expected.
Pursuing big dreams trumps leaving the house by like, a billion. It’s easy to stay comfortable and do the expected. But what if we’re missing out on something big? Something fantastic? What if we started watering that seed of our dream and began to see colorful life break through the cracked soil of our lives?
Well friend, I challenge you to take one step in the direction of your dream. Here’s why:
It Might Work Out Better than You Expected
That dream to write a book or start a business or be fit or fill-in-the-blank may flop horribly. You might fail. But what if you don’t? Isn’t it worth the risk (take responsible risks folks—don’t ruin yourself however compelling I may be 😉 ) to find out? We all know the story of how Edison failed over and over to make the lightbulb until he succeeded. And now the guy is considered a scientific pioneer. They even sell an Edison bulb (affiliate link)—they’re pretty rad.
You may fail. People may think you’re looney. But failure is the catalyst for success, friend!
Failure isn’t Always a Negative Outcome
It took me a while to fail at something in life. I got good grades, made teams, and won awards. I got hired when I interviewed and was well accepted by my peers. Because I stumbled upon so much success in my early life, it was a rude awakening when I went to college, was challenged, and fell on my face. Repeatedly.
But I never grew or learned so much about myself and life. I tried things I thought I could be good at and found out that I wouldn’t succeed at everything. Some things weren’t a good fit for me. And that was ok, because it propelled me into discovery of what my gifts truly are.
Here’s Oliver, dreaming some goose-y dreams. So many gooses to see, so many to honk at…oh to be a goose!
Living Within your Gifts is Living in Blessing
Remember the parable of the talents? The one where the master gives his servants a gift and the servants proceed to either make a profit by investing the gift or bury the gift for fear of failing the master? Did you know that parables are stories to illustrate a life lesson?
I knew you did. You smarty pants, you.
The things we’re good at, the way God has blessed us, are our gifts. You are great at interacting with people for a reason. You’re a gifted musician because you’ve not only worked at it, but because that’s your talent. You’ve been blessed financially in order to bless those around you.
Multiply your talent! Make a list of the things you’re good at and the aspects of life that come naturally to you, and I’ll bet you can find a way to pursue your dream by way of your gift. God works things out like that.
You were Created to be a World Changer
Yes, you! Shy, strange, bald, hairy, plain, big-nosed, too loud, imperfect you. That world changing may look small to you—it could be as simple as offering a silly face to a sick kid. For that scared little person, their world was brightened. Do you see what you did? You changed a world.
Don’t underestimate or undervalue your gift. Some gifts are big and flashy and get people noticed and titles like “hero” are tossed around.
But here’s something interesting: Jesus said things that sound pretty backward to us. The first shall be last. The meek shall inherit the earth. Lose your life to find it. That gift of yours that seems inconsequential and un-impactful is of great worth in the Kingdom. So don’t lose heart, for you will reap a harvest if you press on (paraphrase of Galatians 6:9).
Here’s how I get to dreaming: breakfast, blooms, and my buddy.
Yes, my laptop is my buddy these days—this blogging business is no joke!
Life here is a short ride, friends. While you’re at it, make the most of it by chasing dreams and pursuing passions. Secure those pursuits firmly in the Kingdom, and be blessed. It’s a simple equation, even for those of us (ahem) who struggle with math. Build up treasures in heaven where they can’t fade—you won’t regret it.
So today, be bold, be BRAVE, and take a dream-step. You’ve got this! 😉
Do you have a dream you’re afraid to chase? How can you take a step of pursuit today? Make a phone call, discuss it with a friend, write it down—make it happen!