Thursday, June 6, 2013
I wish I may, I wish I might!
Fun fact about me, I love dandelions. I know, I know, they are a weed and ruin lawns. They pop up wherever they see fit and their puffs tickle your nose. It doesn't matter, I am enchanted with them. To me they represent hopes and wishes. They remind me to keep a childlike spirit and follow hard after my dreams.
The funny thing about dreams is that when they are ignored, they wilt. Sometimes they even die. Now, some dreams might need to fade into the background (like that dream I had about marrying one of the Backstreet Boys...sadly, I don't think it was meant to be) but many of our dreams continue to grow and emerge as we do. Those dreams often represent the core of who we are. When I was younger I used to dream of being a teacher or a nurse, and while I didn't ultimately become either of those, the dream of helping others and impacting lives in a positive way still thrives within me.
I have found that when I ignore my dreams and just trudge through life, it's not just my dreams that wilt. I wilt too. Because we were made to dream big. We are designed to chase after the impossible, often finding out in the process that it actually was possible. When we step outside of the status quo of our life things get exciting. Sometimes it gets uncomfortable, because anything outside our own paradigm can be scary, but it's also exhilarating. Anything is possible! The sky is the limit! All those things you believed when you were ten, you can believe again (except maybe that thing about Elvis coming back from the dead...I am not sure that is actually going to happen).
So what is it? What are those dreams that have been hiding in your closet behind that hideous orange coat you will NEVER wear? Pull them out, dust them off, and take heart. Dreams can come true. That marriage that is on the rocks? It can be restored. The mom you want to be, but feel you often fall short of? You can be that mom. The financial pinch you feel each month as the paycheck dwindles? It can be eased.
Whatever dreams you may have, however big or outlandish they may be, one thing is going to get the ball rolling on having them come true. You. You have to blow that dandelion to make the wish come true. You have to take a step in the direction of your dream to see it start to unfold. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So what step are you going to take? What dream is waiting for you to set it in motion? I promise, when you revive a dream that God has placed in your heart and begin to live it out, you will find that the parts of you that are cracked and dry will begin to become revived as well. Try it and see for yourself, what do you have to lose?