What Happened to My Dreams?

I have come to the realization that …

I don’t dream.

I don’t have long-term goals.

I don’t plan for the future.

I haven’t always been this way. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a figure skater and go to the Olympics. Although I lived in rural Arkansas where no ice rinks were to be found, I would put on my roller skates and practice on our carport. That’s kind of the same thing, right?  Then, singing became my passion and I just knew that I would be a famous Christian artist and millions of people would be touched by my voice!

So, what happened?  Life. Stress. Adulthood. Trials.

When problems and stress arises, I just go into survival mode.  I only think about what I can handle that day in order to not be overwhelmed.

In January, my intern gave me a planner called Passion Planner.  Inside, there is a roadmap for creating goals, breaking them down into steps, and creating a timeline.  I would love to tell you that I have completed the roadmap and am well on my way to growth and accomplishment, but…… I haven’t.  I have taken it out many times and I just can’t do it.

So, why don’t we dream?

  1. Fear.  What if I try and I fail?  What if I try and I succeed? Will I be able to readjust my way of life, my way of thinking?
  2. Low self-esteem.  “I don’t deserve it.”  “I’m not smart/good enough.”
  3. Disappointment.  “I have tried before and failed.” “I don’t want to be disappointed again.”
  4.  Immediate Gratification.  If we try something and don’t see immediate results/growth, we often throw up our hands and give in.  We are so accustomed to getting things quickly.
  5. Mediocrity/Laziness.  What am I going to have to sacrifice in order to accomplish my dream?  Am I willing to make that sacrifice?  Am I willing to get out of my comfort zone?

Just coming to the realization of the source of our immobilization can start to set us in motion toward accomplishing our dreams! (Hey, that was a good sentence!)

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

I love that verse!  Did you know that there is more to it?  Verses 12-13 say, “then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  We need to do our part!

So, I have an appointment tonight. I am going to call upon Him and ask Him to help me begin to dream new dreams… to help me live my life with the purpose that He has in mind for me!


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