I recently read this post by Susan Tuttle that was a total challenge and encouragement to me. She spent just a few words on dreams, but they were the most powerful words I read this week. And asked a question that hit my core: why do we pray ourselves right to the precipice of a dream and then just…quit? (Casey paraphrase)
And I realized…I do this. I passionately pursue a dream and then after a while, it’s like I just…stop. Not always intentionally, but it’s like the fervor dies. Sometimes that’s the right thing, but sometimes I wonder if we lose faith because it hasn’t happened within what we thought would be our timing.
If “Dream” is going to be my One Word for 2014 and I’m going to take this journey seriously, I have an obligation to fulfill. First to God and honoring the dreams that He has placed in my heart. And second to myself to pursue those dreams. Not just sitting on the sidelines anymore, but getting up and learning how honor these dreams. That might look different for every single dream. It will look different. Maybe it means growing closer to God and His word. Maybe it means agreeing to something that frightens me in the changing of it all, but will ultimately lead to more good things God has in store.
I don’t have an agenda for this one word this year. What I do have for this year is to see where trust in God’s direction for these dreams takes me.
One of my friends posted on my Facebook page this week: “I hope this is the year of many dream-come-true moments”.
I don’t know if it will be or not. BUT what I do know and have complete confidence in this one thing: dreams are from God. The dreams He lays on our hearts and the dreams that present themselves in our circumstances. When our hearts are turned toward God, He’s going to direct us to those dreams that set our heart’s passions on fire.
This is the start of my “dream” journey.