“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I love the Lord and I love life! I love the journey with its ups and downs and all arounds. It’s full and I’m thankful that I am alive! What about you?
Life is a quest really. A journey towards manifestation. The manifestation of your DNA. Not your physical DNA but your spiritual DNA. Each of us has things that have been knitted and woven inside of us. Things that make our hearts beat faster. Things that...make us...well come alive. What makes you come alive? We are all on a journey towards this...finding the things that bring us joy and attempting to do them within all the practical limitations of life. Its really a beautiful process. :)
Some of us have completely abandoned the process stuck in our 9 to 5 jobs that bring us little fulfillment or joy and little life on the inside meaningless menial work that does nothing good for our hearts. We get stuck here leading to gradual depression and disconnection from our hearts. When we neglect our purpose, it can begin to affect every area of our lives. Probably most of us are on our way towards that passion with beating hearts coming alive with the tension of both frustration and delight and some of us have more or less found it but there is always more until the day we die.
As for me, I am thankful to be in another season of taking inventory of my life and my heart and manifesting the passions God wove into my being when He knitted me together in the secret place. It’s a somewhat difficult but joyful process. It can be hard to see where you’ve neglected some passions in order to fulfill others but thankfully God gives us eyes to see and ears to hear. In truth, Im thankful for what my life has been able to manifest...very thankful... but there is always more! Im not in competition with anyone except myself. I want to become all I was meant to be...don’t we all? Comparison however is such a killer of dreams and progress. Don’t compare yourself to anyone. They are on a completely different journey than you are.
A deep desire of mine is when I stand before Him at the end of my life I want to know that I was totally wasted and poured out all that He poured into me. I want to be spent, done and I want to have ran the race with abandon and passion and courage. I don’t want to be half way done or to have neglected and abandoned dreams that became aborted. I want to say I was true to myself in spite of outside pressures or voices and in the face of opposition and naysayers. Anybody without any naysayer in their life is probably not dreaming big enough. In the end there is no one else you know? Just you and...God. Its always been between you and God anyway.
Also in addition to knowing and pursuing your dream, its important to recognize dream killers like unforgiveness, lies you believe about yourself or God, etc. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is holding you back from manifesting your dream and how you can overcome! Write it down.
So here are some questions to aid you on your journey. These questions were presented to me during a ministry school class taught by Sarah Morgan on living out your dreams. They help you to remember who you are and what you love and to see what the purpose of you on this Earth really is all about. :) No matter what age you are or where you are in the process, remember, there is always more for you! More lives to touch and more ways to come alive. We go from glory to glory! And remember you can’t get back yesterday you can only begin today! Its NEVER too late to start! If you don’t know where to start, just ask God for the first step. Start small but whatever you do...start!
It’s amazing how many doors begin to open and all of heaven begins to back us up when we start walking towards the good works he predestined us to do!
Here are some questions for your next journaling time. Don’t think too hard or write too much when answering them. Make your answers a little short and sweet. :)
1. Who are you? 2. How are you unique? 3. What is valuable to you? 4. What is beautiful to you? 5. What situations or circumstances stir you to passion/action/emotion? 6. What are you passionate about? 7. What is the greatest challenge you have overcome? 8. What are some of the other life-shaping experiences you have had? 9. Who inspires you and why? 10. What is it about them that I love and can graft into my own life?
So how far will you go? Will you be all you were meant to be? Will you let your heart’s cry grow faint? Or will you take life for all its worth? You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus!
My encouragement is this: Admit your passions and dreams. Its in there. Have the courage to own it. Then take steps. Set a goal. Write it down. Go for it!
Well whatever you do, have fun and don’t take life too seriously. Its meant to be a joy ride towards coming alive!!! No regrets! and Never give up!
Some inspiring quotes as you dream and pursue the life you were created to have:
“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs
“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Karen Ravn
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gaughin
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
““You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” CS Lewis
“Dreams are like the paints of a great artist. Your dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing, is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality.”
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” TE Lawrence
“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.” Julia Cameron
“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
"You are loved and you are amazing! What are you always waiting for? You’re gorgeous talented and delightful. The world needs you. The world needs what God put inside of you. I know you are always comparing yourself to others but please stop. It’s not about them. No one is like you and no one has what you have to give to the world. I know its hard to believe sometimes but it really is true. I want you to run from here on. Throw your caution to the wind. Don’t think about what anyone else thinks. Stop thinking about that. Who cares anyway? You shouldn’t care so much. Live the life you’ve always imagined. Live big. Dream big. Go big or go home. This life is not for sissies and cowards. It’s for the brave the strong the courageous. The people who went up to bat even when their knees were shaking. Go for it. Stop waiting. Stop letting fear hold you back another second. Work it. Do your thing. Work hard for the dreams you hold so close to your heart. Stop sitting on the sidelines all the time...waiting for the right moment. The time is now. Seize every second. Seize this very second. Go. Time to go! Its go time! The world has never seen what it is about to see through you. You are going to bedazzle them. You are going to change the world with what is inside of you. Get ready get ready get ready. LIVE." -Me
The most inspirational video you will ever see -- Nick Vujicic from nickvtv on GodTube.