Don’t miss out on the adventure of life! “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover,” said Mark Twain.
Do you have a dream waiting to be explored? When God created you, he put creative DNA within you that is unique to only you. God has something that only you can contribute to the world he created. If you don’t contribute it, no one else will. No other person has your particular talents, knowledge, experience, and dreams.
Long ago the Lord told Jeremiah, “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 NIV).
Each of us has a dream, whether it’s creating a message business for cancer patients, opening an online store of diapers, raising a child, comforting people as they are dying, or writing a novel. No one else can carry out your dream like you can.
Here’s a list of dreams I gathered from some of my friends:
- Open an English tea garden
- Be a teacher
- Raise horses
- Help people heal
- Be a missionary
- Open a restaurant
- Create cement furniture
- Take care of and raise children
- Write children’s books
- Sail around the world
- Become a web designer
- Be a standup comic
This list is incomplete without your dream.
What dream have you nurtured in your soul that waits to be explored and lived? What will be your disappointment in 20 years if you don’t “catch the trade winds in your sails”? What dream can you add to the list above of my friend’s dreams? Share it with us in the comment section below.
In Him together, Susan Gaddis
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Right now, my only dream is to get out of debt so our family can accomplish the other dreams we have, like traveling and studying in ancient places. Oxford University is at the top of my list, while my husband wants to go to the REAL Cordon Bleu in France. No tiny dreams for us! 🙂
The dream my family is working on right now is adopting two older children from Ethiopia. We’re just about done with the paperwork and I’m so thankful God has instilled in me a passion for orphans and for Ethiopia. I’m leaving in less than a month to work with Childrens HopeChest and to meet my two new children. Still jumping through government hoops and slogging through red tape before we can actually bring them home, but to actually meet them face to face? I can hardly breathe with the anticipation!
I dream of planning, arranging, & producing a local conglomerate of musicians on a CD musical compilation with the proceeds going to……one of Gods directing.
Karen, that sounds so exciting! What a great dream and how much greater to see it actually happen. Blessings to you…and prayers too! Please keep us updated as you get ready to go and when you get “home” with the children. I love stories like yours.
Dani, why am I not surprised with your dream? It just sounds so much like you and Anthony to have a big dream. I expect to see it come to pass and then I will come to visit you and eat Anthony’s cooking!
Alan–yes! Go for it! I’m behind you clapping all the way!
After raising and homeschooling my children I think I forgot about having a dream. I started taking classes at Cuesta and soon discovered that art make me feel more alive. I was practically led along a path to finding that I had a gift and passion for photography. I have also through my experience grown a desire to encourage others to go for their dreams.
Thanks for the very inspiring post!