May the Lord, bless you and keep you,
the Lord make His face shine on you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
If I had to tell you what I need more of in my life, it would be courage and grace. More courage to take that leap of faith with my eyes open (instead of squinted shut like a scared little child) and to dream in spite of the humongous possibility of failure.
I need grace for those times of failure, when I want to beat myself up instead of starting over…again.
For awhile, dreaming with other like-minded dreamers began to feel like a curse because it seemed that we all had similar dreams…and they all included writing. But as I read Holley’s book, I came to realize that “even if someone else’s dream looks, sounds, or even feels like yours, it’s not the same.”
Comparison nipped at my heels, and I began to wonder, Why in the world would God give everyone the same dream?
He didn’t, of course.
And as I looked closer, I realized that while each of us on this God-sized Dream team may want to write, God has laid different plans on each of our hearts and lives. Some are writing about their adoption journeys, some are working through painful pasts, some share through photography…etc.
Though our dreams felt the same initially, the details were different because we each lead very distinct lives and have our own unique experiences.
Comparison and insecurity are funny feelings. I have to remind myself that God’s kingdom is big enough for all of us, and being secure in that and knowing that I have a place in His plan is so reassuring. This alone gives me the confidence to keep going.
Personally, in my own life, writing has taken a temporary back seat. I decided in the spring to look for full-time work and began scouring the Internet for something that piqued my interest. I landed on Real Estate.
I took several months to think about it, pray about it, talk about it, and finally went for it.
I signed up for the online course, and for two months I studied and prayed that I would be smart enough to pass. One final and state exam later (passed on first try!) I am now a Real Estate agent. I spend my days getting mentored and learning all that I can so that soon I can confidently list and sell on my own.
Have I been scared? ABSOLUTELY. However, God has given me courage on the days I’ve wanted to quit. And the grace to cut myself some slack when I feel overwhelmed.
What about you? What do you need more of (or less) to help you with your dreams?
Shared by: Alecia Simersky