I love how children have limitless dreams for themselves. Their hearts and minds are open to all possibilities and their dreams are natural extensions of what they love to do.
It’s so sad what happens to us as we grow up. So many of us lose the ability to dream. But what if those childhood dreams were actually given to us by God, and He still wants to make them come true?
Today I’ve got a devotion running on Encouragement for Today about dreams. As I wrote that devotion, God brought to mind some of the dreams I had as a child. And although they didn’t come true exactly as I dreamed them, I can see how God fulfilled them in His excellent way.
One of my first dreams was to lead and organize something … anything. I know this was an unusual dream for a child. But it was a real love for me. Very early on, I organized clubs. And I was always the president and my little neighbor friends were the members. When my parents purchased a new refrigerator, I cut up the box into a club house. I asked my mom for pocket folders, into which I stuffed blank sheets of paper … so my club members could take notes at my meetings.
My clubs never lasted very long … as my members usually rebelled at my bossiness. That didn’t matter too much to me, I’d just start something else.
If it wasn’t a club, I organized a play, or a backyard fundraiser or evening games. It didn’t matter much what it was, so long as I could be the leader.
My second dream was to be a teacher. My dad was a high school biology teacher, and I loved to help him grade his multiple choice papers. But as he approached retirement, his love for teaching diminished, and my desire to teach did too.
College took me in a completely different direction from either of my dreams, as I pursued a degree in journalism and public relations. I had no plans to lead or teach. Only to write for a company.
But God didn’t forget my dreams. And I’m convinced it was because He put them there in the first place.
Fast forward a few years, past marriage, past three little boys born in a row, past a successful career in PR. And God orchestrated a move across country … 2,000 miles from Phoenix to Charlotte. And He took a career-driven woman and placed her in the midst of a ministry to homemakers. With tender love and care, God began to reorganize my life and reorder my priorities.
As I surrendered my future career plans to God (that sounds so much easier and prettier than it was), He reshaped my childhood dreams and gave them back to me.
Never would I have imagined I’d be helping to lead an international women’s ministry, and teaching women how to write in our annual She Speaks Conference and at Compel Training. Oh, and I get to write as well. It’s just amazing when I step back and see all God has done in my life. But honestly, it started with being willing to give it all up.
Today, you may have a God-given dream, and that’s fantastic. If it’s to write, I hope you’ll download the free eBook Lysa TerKeurst has put together: 7 Secrets You Need to Know as a New Writer.
But perhaps you don’t know what your dream is. If that’s you, maybe it’s time to release your hold on your plans and offer them to God. He’s completely trustworthy and will only bring you good.
I’m convinced dreams aren’t just for children. God still wants to give us dreams for our future … and then fulfill them in a way that brings Him glory and us good.
Thanks so much for joining me today. And I’d love to give away a copy of my book, Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and I’ll select someone at random on Friday. My assistant Barb will send the winner an email.
Wishing you God’s best!