Does chasing dreams feel frivolous? We’re already overwhelmed with all the things we have to do each day. Doing something we enjoy feels selfish. Who am I to start grad school without a good reason or write a blog that takes up my time and doesn’t make money? Most of the time it seems like I should get back to work and take care of my family.
Chasing dreams is the stuff of childhood, right? I’m pretty sure not. If a dream has taken hold of you, not indulging it is like suffocating yourself. We’re not talking grandiose dreams of wealth and status. We’re talking about the little nudges that make you feel alive and valued. These dreams are a glimpse into the truest part of our souls. Unfortunately, they might also be the thing most misunderstood by your friends and family.
dream: a strongly desired goal or purpose
passion: intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
First, let me just encourage you. Chasing dreams and finding your passion isn’t frivolous. It’s the only way you will ever fully become the person God created you to be. We each have a very special mix of gifts, just waiting to be used. (Rom. 12:3-8, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:1-31) Even if you can see it for yourself just yet, I can. Some of us are gifted teachers, leaders, and helpers. Others have a way of making people feel seen and appreciated. The way you were created is not a coincidence.
Your passion is found where your gifts intersect with God’s opportunities.
When you consider your dream being the first step to where God is leading you, it doesn’t seem so frivolous anymore. God doesn’t do frivolous and he certainly didn’t make a mistake with you. You might feel lost and confused right now but I promise you there is something ahead, specifically for you.
Sometimes it doesn’t turn out how you imagined
The funny thing about God and passions is you can’t predict the end of the story. I always wanted to be artsy but it simply wasn’t meant to be. Fancy script writing? Nope. Painting? Not unless it’s furniture or walls. My mind is wired for order and structure, like a room full of filing cabinets, each meticulously labeled and color coded.
Eventually, I embraced my gifts and gave up on being artsy. But God. (That’s my favorite way of creating the full stop—God version.) He decided I could use a little bit of creativity to balance all my organization and structure.
Writing. Words give life to my creativity in a way that complements my structure. Writing allows me to reach people and serve His purpose. My blog forces this introvert to share God’s story of her with the world.
Being a writer was never on my list of things to do. I also never dreamed of working in Guatemala. But God. He mentioned writing many years ago but I shrugged it off. Then He sent me to Guatemala because I need something big to get on board with his plan. When I finally understood, my life was changed, my career path was changed, and I was headed to grad school.
I started out chasing dreams and found my passion along the way, the thing I was made to do.
You can find your passion too
- Start with your interests. What’s your favorite thing to do? Who brings a smile to your face? What can you talk about for hours?
- Next, identify how you already help others. What do people ask your advice about? When your friends need help and call you, what type of project are they working on? What events keep showing up on your calendar?
- Identify your dreams. What frivolous dreams are you hiding from? If you could do anything, what would it be? What do you wish you could do? Who do you want to be?
You’ve just taken the first step towards your dream by allowing yourself to say the words and believing your dream is worthwhile. Do you feel excited, maybe a little unqualified or ridiculous? Just stop. You do not have permission to turn away from what God is calling you to. Even if you’re scared, confused, or feel unqualified.
I believe in you and I know you’ll be great. You just need to believe in yourself and trust God to lead the way.
Motherhood is hard. Just when we think we’re doing it right, something happens to make us doubt ourselves. I hope you find encouragement in every post and realize just how great you are already are. Do you have a friend who needs some encouragement too? Share this post with her and then signup to get new posts by email.