• Annamarie Casey

Dream on

Welp, I can dream but how far will it take me? Constantly I rest on the wings of my dreams. Everybody says if you can dream it, do it, but I can't. I'm not skilled enough in anything I want to do to get any of it done. I have a million dreams. I want to chase them all dancing outside the box of structure in every way.

Structure helps us get things done in an efficient and orderly way, but that is the opposite of what I end up doing. I want to. Try to. But somehow, I can’t seem to succeed. My habits become a miss. I pressure myself to the point that when I lose the battle of order, it becomes a battle of negativity and despair. Each loss, the death of a dream.

Picking back up and continuing to press on is hard. I’m not good at it, but I want to encourage you that you can. We all can. Just because I lost yesterday doesn’t mean I have to lose today. Maybe yesterday I wasn’t good enough, that doesn’t mean I’m not today. The biggest key I’ve found, well, it literally fell into my lap. Is that when you are connected with God, you are good, enough, whole, complete, and equipped. Second Timothy 3:16-17 puts it like this:

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NKJV): 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Scripture (the Bible) is inspired by God, a way to connect to and see more of his heart for you and the world. (And it seems to me that God loves to dream and dream with his children and help their dreams become a reality). His words are good for so many things, but in it, and more importantly, in Him, we are complete. Whoa!

His desire is for us to be complete and whole. Not only that, but thoroughly equipped for every good work. If God has put a dream in your heart, that’s a good work. Not that all dreams are from him, but if we’re connected to him and his word, it’ll be easy to see his heart and what is or isn’t from him.

There are times when it’s hard to dream or see how our dreams are gonna happen. Life doesn’t make sense sometimes, and you may be horrible with structure like me, or maybe great at structure (good for you, I respect that) but maybe it’s harder to dream and think outside of that structure. Go for a spontaneous hike, drive, stargaze, journal in the woods, but in everything, include Jesus.

Don’t give up. This isn’t the end (though it may feel like it). It’s the beginning of a dream, your life, truly living. If you mess up, forget, slip into a bad habit, get stuck on social media in the land of I’m-not-good-enoughs, know you ARE good enough. God made you, and he didn’t make you to be whoever you’re comparing yourself to, he made you to be you in the most beautiful and wonderful way. If every person in the world realized their worth in God and purpose… Can you imagine what this world would be like?

I’m not saying there won’t be hard days or even moments in the days, but don’t make those hard times and failures the definition of you because God most certainly doesn’t. So fly free, dream on. And keep pursuing those passions God’s put on your heart.

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