Have you ever met an “ideas person”? I’m talking about those individuals who get really excited about their ideas but, when push comes to shove, they have a hard time translating those ideas into action. If you’ve never met one of those people before, allow me to introduce myself.
I LOVE to dream! Little dreams, medium-sized dreams, big dreams – it doesn’t matter. God has many absolutely brilliant things in store for each person, even little me. Praying and getting a life vision is exciting. I love it!
Translating those dreams into action, on the other hand, is usually not very exciting. Not very exciting at all.
Let me give you an example. My sister and I have a dream of teaching jewellery-making classes. She suggested we start by hosting a free workshop at one of our houses. I kind of maybe got a little TOO excited about the plan and, somehow, her completely-brilliant-but-still-rational idea grew and grew and grew … until I envisioned us changing the whole entire world for Jesus through these jewellery-making workshops. (Sometimes I need to be reigned in a little!) My sister is much more realistic and sane than I am (thank goodness!), so we’re sticking to the original plan for now (whew!).
Now comes the part, however, where we need translate the idea into action. Regardless of how big or small an idea is, it will always remain a dream until it is acted upon. So we are starting to take steps towards seeing our workshops become reality.
Do you want to know what that looks like? On Saturday, in between feeding my children and changing diapers and writing articles, I cleaned and disinfected thirty pairs of pliers that somehow got waterlogged during shipping. I spent hours upon hours sorting through thousands of beads until my eyes were so blurry that I couldn’t focus them anymore. My neck and shoulders are still aching from being hunched over. I was so tired by the time the evening church service rolled around that, despite the fact that the service was absolutely incredible from start to finish, I fell asleep during the closing prayer. If my husband hadn’t smacked me on the back of the head, I’d probably still be sitting in the sanctuary, snoring like a freight train.
Sunday was a repeat of Saturday. But the work has barely started for us. (Don’t worry. I won’t go into everything that we still need to do, lest you too sit there snoring like a freight train.)
Dreaming is wonderful. But dreams don’t become reality without a boring four-letter word spelled W-O-R-K. Sometimes, when Christians talk about work, we peg them as being legalistic. But, out of seven days, God only designated one for rest. (Next time, my day of rest will coincide with our weekly church service…Lesson learned!)
Thankfully, when we are pursuing God-given dreams, the work is often exciting. And it’s definitely rewarding!
So what dream has God put in your heart? Think about it for a minute. Can you picture it? Great! Now what are you going to do about it?