I hope these words encourage you today, because when this realization washed over me, I was ecstatic. And just maybe together we can reframe the phrase “Living the Dream” with some more positive associations than the boredom and dissatisfaction those in the military have often used it to convey.
It seems this dream journey I’m on ebbs and flows like waves on the ocean. One day I’m riding the crest, celebrating a victory. The next, a giant wave takes me under and I find myself searching for the light. I’m never really sure if I’m making progress in the right direction, or just treading water. That happens a lot when we allow external metrics to determine our success.
But then, a couple of weeks ago as I walked and prayed, I was overcome with the idea that I am actually already living my dream.
Right. This. Minute.
No, I don’t have a flagship location for My Messy Desk or a published book yet. But I am glorifying God with my gifts and talents. I am gathering girls each week around My Messy Desk (both in real life and our virtual world here). We are crafting and praying and connecting. I am encouraging women to get in the Word. I am sharing what God teaches me and equipping other women to follow His lead.
And I almost missed it.
I’ve been so focused on growth I couldn’t see the fruit I was already producing. Don’t misunderstand. It’s not wrong to dream big or want more or to work to multiply your harvest. Unless it keeps you from enjoying what’s already ripe right in front of you. The fruit you produce today paves the way for tomorrow’s growth.
Consider a man who dreams of an operating a thousand acre orchard. Perhaps he can only afford to plant five apple trees to start out. If he neglects those because he is so concerned with acquiring more land to expand, his fruit might be sub par. And if his fruit is no good, people won’t purchase it or tell their friends about it. If customers aren’t lining up to buy the fruit from his first five apple trees it won’t matter if he adds ten or twenty or even a hundred more acres. He’ll just end up with a whole lot of rotten apples.
But if he focuses on making the apples from those first five trees the best apples in the state, customers will be clamoring for his fruit and sharing it with their relatives. His fruit will be in demand. As long as he continues to produce tasty fruit, people will be paying to pick their own Honeycrisps or Pink Ladies. Not only will that provide the profit to purchase additional acreage, but also the demand to keep selling more and more apples year after year.
It doesn’t matter if the man is has five trees or five thousand acres, he’s got to focus on today’s fruit before tomorrow’s expansion.
We need to do the same.
We may have big dreams, but we have to pay attention to the fruit we’re already producing, the lives we’re already impacting. Not only will this show our faithfulness and ability to be trusted with more (see Luke 16:10), but it will keep us encouraged and joyful along the way.
Are you living your dream or dreaming your life away?
How can you nurture your dream today with the gifts and skills God has given you?
Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:
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Dare to Dream Again
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