Chasing a Dream – Part 4

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Welcome to part four in a five-part series on Chasing your dreams. If you missed them, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here, or part 3, here.

 
I’ve been playing catch-up with some of my favorite magazine reading.  Although I can love me some People Magazine, what I really eat up are my Life Beautiful and Homelife magazines.  I was just finally getting around to the July issue of Homelife (I’m so very up with the times, aren’t I?) and I turned the page to discover an article entitled, wait for it… “Chasing a Dream” by Pete Wilson.  This little article packed one convicting punch.  My favorite quote from it, although there were so many wonderful nuggets to chew on, is the following:
 

“It means our confidence is no longer in our ability to achieve each one of our dreams, but in the strength and power of the God we claim to follow.” – Pete Wilson

 
I do believe that a verse I had chosen to focus on, back when I was considering chasing this dream in the first place, had slipped right outta my mind.  And I’ve had blurry vision ever since.  Are you still with me?  Let me share the verse with you, and then it might become more clear:
 

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And I lost sight of that. I don’t know about you, but I do believe I was struck with a case of the good old fashioned “I Wants”.  I began to want what I wanted more than I wanted to keep my joy over the small beginnings.  And it was not good.  My stinkin’ thinkin’ began to spiral right out of control, with the possibilities for future growth.  My eyes glazed over with excitement at the prospect of a fame that could only come at some increasingly obvious valuable cost.  It was time with my family, for me.  What might it be for you?

 

You see, that’s the irony here. In my case, anyway.  Dreams almost always start out small.  And if God has blessed it, He is pleased – no – He rejoices to see the work begin!  That amazes me.  He loved the smallest among us and sent His son to encourage us to come to Him like a little child.  He loves the least, or smallest in significance, among us and commanded us to care for the widow and the orphan.  He clearly loves small things.  And, if we will allow Him to use us for His glory, He  tells us that He will honor those small beginnings and esteem them and bless them.

 

I do believe that God was confirming this message, yet again, for me through this article. And, this message has been popping up in so many different ways and on so many different occasions lately, that it’s a wonder that God didn’t just whack me upside the head with a 2×4 and get it over with!

 

Please, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t hanker for progress and growth.  As long as we’re keeping a few important things in mind, I believe God lets us loose to chase those dreams with abandon.  For Him!

 

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”
Colossians 3:22-24

 

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:2-4

 

Lord! Make me smaller and You bigger.  Help me to take my eyes off of the human prize and fasten my eyes on You.  The only prize that matters.  I’ll keep praying that and remembering how these small beginnings are just those.  Beginnings.  And that is certainly a worthy reason to keep chasing a dream.  Oh, yes indeedy!

 

Does this speak to you at all?  Are you feeling called to re-examine how you’re going about your dream chasing lately, or does it confirm that you’re on the right track?  I’d love to know!

Pin Ta What Now?

If you have ever wandered on over to ETSY, on this here Internet, then you know how easily you can blow an hour or three! And I have no problem, what-so-ever, finding ways to fritter away an hour or three. Yes, indeedy! Especially when I should be headed to bed for the evening, instead. Because, as the saying goes, “There is no end to what you can accomplish when you should be doing something else.” That’s a course, you know?  I think I might be the valedictorian of that class. Yup, I’m pretty sure I am. And ETSY allowed me a place to continually stay at the head of that class.

So, I thought it odd that one of my worst best friends, ever, thought I needed a little more help frittering away some hours. She felt it was her duty to introduce me to this benign little website, called Pinterest. Pin Ta what-now, you ask? Essentially, you view and then “like” and/or “repin” these pictures of links to recipes, art, decorating ideas that fellow “pinterest-ers” have found.  You can pin anything that tickles your fancy onto your own created “boards”. Think of these boards like mini-bulletin boards, that you can name at will and post as many pictures to, as your little heart desires. If you haven’t been there yet, I implore you: do not GO! You will be sucked in to the Vortex of Never-Ending Time-A-Wastin’. Unfortunately, it’s pretty blissful there. You can dream the impossible dream. You can pin pictures of all of the beautiful sparkling white kitchen remodel ideas that you’d love to attempt someday (but that surely ain’t happenin’ anytime in this decade), or pin pictures of adorable sparkling white frilly frocks (that certainly would never get ketchup stains or mud smudges on them). Well, at least I can console myself with the fact that by the time we can afford a kitchen remodel, our kids will be old enough to keep those sparkling white cabinets sparkling. A girl can dream, right? See? Total Time Sucker. I haven’t had so much fun whiling away the hours since… well, since I discovered ETSY.

The poor SweetMan hardly ever saw me to begin with. Now? He’s fairly certain he has a wife, but since she’s almost always gazing longingly at her computer screen, he’s looking into website blocking technology now.

And I’m left with the desire to head on over to ETSY and buy a T-shirt that says “Pinsomniac”. Because that, folks, is what I think I just might have become. Thanks, friend…