When Your Dreams and Your Reality Are Staring Each Other Down
Planning. Plotting. Preparing. These are a few of my favorite things. I’m way better at coming up with an idea than I am at following through on it. So I have a few.
And some of these ideas have turned into big dreams and goals and there are moments in the past handful of years where I am so ready to put 1,000% into making these goals a real part of everyday.
Then what happens?
Well, a whole lot of reality, usually. I joke all the time that if I were independently wealthy, I’d be so much further on my plans. But I’m not. So crazy-things like the need for a paycheck sooner than later, tend to crop up as a reason to go to work instead of writing queries for a book deal. And it’s not just money. One of my kids gets sick and ends up needing a surgical procedure. How bout a big event at church or my work week doubling in hours due to its seasonal nature?
Then there are the really huge things.
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Here’s the thing. I am a huge fan of identifying your passion and running with it. I know that this requires sacrifices. No question. But there are some years where it’s not an excuse. It’s a really good reason to put family first. There are some seasons of life where it might be better for you to put the dreams aside, just for a little longer, so you don’t miss something that could make your ministry even stronger. There is a time and a place for everything. ….. And being a really intentional parent or friend might need to come first for a time.