Did you know that carrying a dream might be the most difficult, healthy, and beautiful thing you'll ever do? Because it might.
Carrying a dream is a whole lot like being pregnant, only dreams don't generally come with due dates that can be neatly marked on calendars.
Dreams come with tension.
"Follow your dreams."
"Go for it!"
"Make the jump."
(I've heard it all before and so have you.)
I don't mean to be cynical because there is truth in these lines. There IS a time to do all of the things that the Pinterest quotes recommend. Life does require action, but I actually wanted to talk about a very specific kind of dream today:
There are dreams that we have. Then there are the dreams that are actually a part of who we are. They are hardwired into our DNA. I tend to think of them as the dreams that God instilled in us.
The tension that makes dream-carrying painful is when you are hardwired with a dream, but life isn't giving you a landing space for the dream inside of you. So you carry your dream and your world gets heavy with it and you can no more make it reality than a pregnant woman can make her baby come into the world.
This girl has been carrying a dream for flowers, but it goes so much deeper than just creating pretty floral arrangements.
It's about touching people's souls with beauty that surpasses words. It is not just flowers. It's really a kind of way that she worships God. It's a way that God reaches through her and puts His fingers on the hearts of others and extends His love. That's what I just love about Jesus. He is endlessly creative in the ways that He loves people. He deposits His creative ideas into people, and when they do their thing, His love is released into people's hearts.
Worship is not something you do at church. We should really get that out of our religious heads. That is a teeny, tiny fraction of worship. Worship is the way you live your life and do your thing and extend the gift God put in you to the world around you.
There's this chic I know who's like forty something and awesome. Her hame is Rhoda and one time I sat in her kitchen after she'd just baked bread that smelled like heaven, and something she says a lot came to mind just now: "It's simple. We overcomplicate things all the time." She was talking about Jesus and faith and following God. We make it so much more complicated than it actually is.
You are called to offer the gift that God put in you to the world around you as an act of worship.
It is that simple.
Even when you don't have the perfect landing spot for your dream.
I forget this all the time. Things don't have to be perfect for me to worship God with what I do. That doesn't mean your dream for more is not His heart. You know better than to believe that lie. We just short-change our right-now life when we forget that it is enough to steward our gift by offering in the small ways we can today.
Worship is our uncomplicated expression of God's goodness.
Roxanne expresses with flowers. How you express might be organization or administration or loving your kids or leading well. It doesn't define you. It is just how you release who God is to the world around you.
As a creative I have a constant bevy of projects and ideas in my mind. When I have incorrect perspective, they become heavy. They burden me because they become things I must do as a definition of self, rather than what they were originally meant to be: an expression of love, worship, and who God is.
Do yourself a favor and don't turn your worship into work.
Let your work be worship, and you might just find yourself holding something the hamster wheel of doing-it-all can never give you: fulfillment, joy, peace, and all of the other stuff that apparently comes as an epic package deal with the Spirit of God.
Hugs, Roxanne. Glad I've gotten to see this latest chapter of your life unfolding up close. You are walking it all with so much courage.
Hey there! I'm Deborah Grace, and this little space you've stumbled into is a peek into my world, and into the world of those who've allowed me into their stories . I'm a photographer, an artist, a storyteller, and a dreamer. I adore the way photography has afforded me the opportunity to glimpse into people's stories. People are beautiful, imperfect, messy and wonderful. I think most times we just need to know that we're doing okay at this life thing. That's why I take photos. I think people often miss the beauty of their own stories because they're in the middle of them. I think my lens is basically just a gift God put in my hands to help others see how wonderful they really are, and that their stories matter. I always feel like the lucky one because I am. Getting to hear your messy, imperfect, hilarious, one-of-a-kind adventure-of-a-story never fails to convince me that in spite of everything, God is making something really beautiful out of all of us. And that inspires my socks off every time. So yes. I'm the lucky one who gets an in to the beautiful stories that people are. I love new friends so drop me a line if you'd like to connect. -xoxo
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