Today we welcome the words of God-sized Dreamer, Melissa Aldrich. Melissa is a wife, mama, a gifted and passionate photographer and writer, and we know she will be such an encouragement to you today!
I’m fussing at my husband again. Tears are streaming down my face, and I say for the hundredth time,
I just want to give up. But God won’t let me.
It’s that season of each month when I just feel like a failure…no bookings. No inquiries.
Nada. Nothing. Zip.
I change things around. I work on my SEO. I write posts for my target market. I study marketing. Still…the inquiries are just fading away.
Every time, I give this photography business to God; every time, I whisper that I don’t want it if it’s not what He has for me; and every time, He makes it clear to me that He wants me to pursue it.
One time I win a newborn prop bonnet. Another time I’m invited to join the God-Sized Dreams Team. And then there was that studio lighting class valued at $299 that I won last fall.
What I’m learning is that sometimes God has us chase these God-sized dreams more so we can fall at His feet in humble dependence.
It’s not about success. It’s not about booking clients or making that extra income we could use to bless others. It’s not about booking a single Mother’s Day mini session to benefit a charity.
You see, God wants all of us to pursue that crazy dream He gives us. He wants us to step outside of our comfort zones so we can freefall into His grace. He wants to use our dreams and our talents to grow us.
Do you hear me?
Conventional success with a God-sized dream is secondary to growth in love and dependence on Him. (<====Tweet this.)
Stepping out boldly to pursue your dreams…oh, it’s going to rock you to the core. You’ll shed tears with your spouse and dearest friends.
You’ll doubt your calling.
The results will never be what you expected, unless you expected to shed pride and embrace humility.
But dreamers, keep at it…because He is worth it. He is reward enough for all of us. (<====Tweet this.)
“Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Tell me friends: what did you expect “success” to look like?
What big lessons have you learned along the way?
Melissa Aldrich rarely has it all together, but she knows the One who does. She encourages others (but mostly herself) to see the mess in daily life as real, beautiful grace. Melissa is a wife, mother, sometimes writer, dreamer, and Greenville SC Newborn Photographer. Catch up with her on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Barbara Walsh