My Messy Desk wasn’t my first big dream.
I once dreamed of a lifetime of service to my country in the Army. My naive little girl heart imagined wearing General’s stars and commanding troops.
I also dreamed of operating a bed and breakfast on a buffalo ranch.
There wasn’t anything wrong with these dreams. They just weren’t what God had planned for me and my life took some unforeseen turns. I could have ignored all good discernment and continued to chase after them, but I’m fairly certain all my efforts would have ceased glorifying God at some point.
In fact that was pretty much what happened while I was in uniform. (You can read more about that in our next series: A Woman’s Worth.)
So I had to decide to let them die. And then I had to mourn their loss. Because when dreams die, we grieve. You can read more about my friend Grey’s journey through the death of her dream here. And just like she encourages, I had to dare to dream again.
Dare to Dream… Again.
It was terrifying and exhilarating all at once!
So, if you’re reading this today feeling like you got burned by your last dream, I just want to encourage you to discover a new one. Or maybe you have achieved your previous dream and wonder if there is anything else out there. Spend some time with God discerning what the next one will be.
The dream I’m living now is so much better than the others before it. But I learned something with each of my previous dreams. Something about myself. Something about God. Something that makes this new(ish) dream all the more better.
Our past dreams are the fertilizer for new seeds God will plant in our hearts.
The lessons we learn from each of them will help us avoid future mistakes, refine our goals, and strengthen our assets. But most of all, discovering that God is with us through the successes and the failures helps us learn to trust Him no matter where He leads.
Our Dreams Don’t Define Us
Achieving our dreams does not define us. Neither does falling short. So we should never be afraid to dream again! No matter what the anyone says. Reminding us of our past failures is something Satan does to keep us bound up in fear. To keep us from reaching our full potential to glorify God.
Our identity as children of God and our worth as daughters of the King may be what fuels our dreams, but achieving them does not increase our value in God’s eyes. And no matter what the world may try to tell us, the death of our dreams does not degrade our identity. In fact, it may help us value our true identity even more. Because who we are in Christ cannot be tarnished by any earthly failures or foibles.
I hope you’ll come back next week as we continue this discussion on identity and worth in our next series: A Woman’s Worth.
Take some time to catch up on the other great posts in this series:
Living The Dream
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