As women, we seem to face obstacles men never do. They are expected to do big things and chase their dreams. But often once women marry and have children, the demands placed on them sometimes feel less than dreamy.
Diapers. Dishes. Dusting. Doctors appointments.
For some of you that may be your dream. If that’s you, by all means… Live. It. Up.
But for other’s it sounds more like drudgery when the bulk of the demands of daily living default to the fairer sex.
There will be days when the dream is obscured by a mountain of reality. It can be so easy to lose sight of our dreams when overwhelming demands rule our days. In fact, I’d venture to say the drudgery of every day life has been the death of many a dream. Even the difficulties of doing the dream can dull it’s shine. We’ll take more about that in a couple of weeks.
Who really has the time or energy for dreaming after dog duty, dry cleaning drop off, and driving carpool?
Please hear my heart on this. I’m not suggesting we should dream our lives away. We must remain present in the present. Even when it’s discouraging. The people God has placed in our present need us to be present. He wouldn’t want it any other way.
So, how do we remain present in the present and still dream for the future?
Let’s take a look at one of my favorite women of the Bible for some answers – Ruth. I’m sure she had aspirations beyond caring for her dead husband’s aging mother. I think she hoped for a better life when she followed Naomi back to Bethlehem. Yet, gleaning grain in the fields so they could survive seems like the picture of drudgery to me. The hardships she endured no doubt developed her character. And Boaz noticed her faithful work ethic and loving devotion to supporting the older woman. It was His admiration that eventually led to her redemption. Ruth constantly did the right thing. And that landed her a place in Jesus’ genealogy.
Demonstrate faithfulness in all your daily duties. Keep doing the next right thing. No matter how difficult or demeaning it may seem. Honor God in all you do, even the drudgery.
Embrace drudgery’s ability to develop. Every hardship we encounter has the potential to produce Godly character in us.
Remember current circumstances are temporary. Babies potty train and eventually drive themselves to and from their activities. Some day you will have more time for doing the dream God placed in your heart.
Dream. Don’t lose sight of the dream. If God planted it in your heart, some day He’ll put you in a position to pursue it. As an added bonus, continuing to dream inspires others to look beyond their current circumstances.
When you feel bogged down my life’s demands, demonstrate faithfulness, embrace the development, remember things change, and don’t lose sight of your dream.
Perhaps, what you consider drudgery today, may just be a delay. And God has a purpose for every detour and delay of our dreams. Come back next week and find out what to do during a delay.
Consider creating a Motivational MASTERPIECE to help you visualize you dream when daily demands obscure it.
Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:
And coming Soon:
Dreaming is all Dandelions and Daffodils
(re)Designing the Dream
Living the Dream
Dare to Dream Again
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