Dreams. We all have them. It would be strange if we didn’t have them.
As Livy Lynn Jarmusch once said,
My Childhood dreams were given to me for a purpose
-Livy Lynn Jarmusch
But if we don’t put our dreams into action, not only will they just be dreams, but they won’t become burning passions that define us.
So how do we cultivate our dreams into passions?
A friend once told me, “The more you pray about something, the more passionate you are about it.”
As you hear about things, it’s important that if it catches your attention, then you should pray about it. Ask God what you should do or how you can use your gifts to serve Him. And read the Bible. God can use the stories of encouragement to speak to us.
For instance, I dream about using my gifts to encourage girls, and God keeps highlighting the stories of Ruth, Esther and Dorcas for me to read as encouragement.
Looking into what you love is so important when you are cultivating your dreams.
Go on websites like The Rebelution where there are so many inspiring stories and information about situations around the world. Or read the news, where you could hear about a topic that you’re interested in.
If you’re a student like me, you can think of your favourite subjects, and research into those subjects outside of the classroom.
For me, I love missions, so I read many missions websites. I also love music and books, so I follow many authors and musicians on social media.
Whatever you think is your dream, research and explore as much as you can.
Every dream has to start off somewhere.
One of my dreams is to run a website encouraging Christian girls to pursue their dreams. But I’m currently not working and would like a bought domain. So after some prayer, I’ve decided to create a blogging event called SpireGirl in the meantime. And actually, I really like this idea. I think I will host this event every year.
I’ve always wanted a business, and I’ve tried selling crafts before, but it wasn’t that successful. But that’s ok. I can try another business idea.
Do you see what I mean by experimenting with your gifts and passions? Don’t be afraid to make a mistake as you will learn from them, and don’t forget to pray!
Journalling your dreams is so important as you can look back on what you’ve explored and experienced. It’s also a great record of seeing how your dreams were achieved. And of course, don’t forget to pray.
Two years ago, when I was dreaming of going on a mission trip, I prayed and God gave me an image of little girls smiling. I went on my first mission trip last week, and guess who wanted to spend time with me? Smiling little girls.
I probably wouldn’t have remembered if I hadn’t journaled and prayed about it.
So get a journal, pray, and list all of the dreams that you want to achieve, and God will speak to you. Those dreams will become achieved passions.
How about you?
How are you getting on with your dreams?