I was cleaning out my inbox today and stumbled upon an email titled ‘For Your Heart’ sent to me a while back from a man I deeply respect – my Pastor.
Hi Cindy. Read this today. Thought of you. Hope it speaks to you.
Some would call such timely inbox cleaning a coincidence. I call it God. He knew I needed to read these words today and I hope it encourages your heart just as much as it did mine:
What dreams do you have? Or maybe a better question is, do you have dreams? For some people, dreaming is easy. Your mind is full of dreams just waiting to be expressed. But what about those who find it hard to dream? What if you’re not sure if you have a dream you want to pursue? Let’s face it: Many of us were not encouraged to dream. Others had dreams, only to see them actively discouraged. The world is filled with dream crushers and idea killers. Why? Some people without dreams of their own hate to see others pursuing theirs. Other people’s passion and success makes them feel inadequate or insecure. Others think they’re being helpful: keeping us from risk or hurt. Perhaps others have dragged you down in life. They’ve discouraged you from dreaming. Maybe they resented the fact that you wanted to move up or to do something significant with your life. Or maybe they were trying to protect you from pain or disappointment. Either way, you’ve been discouraged from dreaming. Take heart. It’s never too late to start pursuing your dreams.
Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
May I remind you today, that if your dreams are aligned with scripture, if your dreams are submitted to Christ, if your dreams are entrusted into God’s hands, then you can’t NOT pursue them. Despite the fear, the uncertainty, the answered questions, you HAVE to step out in faith because the desire to obey is far greater than the fears you feel. Remember, your dreams will never leave your heart and they will always find a way of knocking at your door until you answer. Why? Because it’s who God made you to be. It’s what God has called you to do. It’s how God designed your life to be fulfilled. And when you step out in faith, He shows up.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
~Proverbs 3:6 (NLT)