The Day-Dreamer was spotted down the corridor where she was always at, sitting down on the old bench of wood with carved names from all the other kids that played the chelo. She stared into space and all that was on her was bliss. She wasn’t the 8 year-old girl anymore. More like the 25 year-old woman trying to find herself and wishing she were a child again. Her daydreams weren’t anything like her 8 year-old former self. Today she dreamt of her future husband, her one-day small family, and the impending interview tomorrow at 3:00pm for L.R.D. & Associates. Mostly she dreamed of herself leading this small music school and expanding it to help kids with no means to learn the passions of music. Although the dreams felt distant Samantha was feeling uneasy of how her current decisions were leading her. Snapping out of the blissful thoughts she realized her passions for life where staring her in the face. She knew she was different growing up. Shy, introvert and had a crazy knack to help others figure out their instruments. Ms. Mowry’s music school for the community children was great and definitely a haven from the drama at home. She always found peace there. Now, older, more mature, and with a desire to continue helping these children she had to figure out what to do. Her passions lay here, her career lay at the law firm. She then made a choice that shocked even her own ideas… she decided to stay and teach. Ms. Mowry always told her, “Where do you see yourself brightest Samantha? Where we shine bright, God shines brightest. It’s after all not our decisions, but His to make it all come together for us”.
Jesus always spoke in parables (a.k.a small stories) and I have found this is the best method to learn myself. The above story, as simple as it may sound and as “non-typical” as you can probably think of for yourself has a point. I wanted to draw your attention to this small parable because of the simplest of actions our girl Samantha did… she “Day-Dreamed”. A place I am all too familiar with. I love turning into another place of hopes and aspirations where no one can tare me from. Dreaming. Yet, many of us have come to some serious crossroads. Crossroads where we have worked hard for all the angles we can currently run too. Samantha had to have worked hard to have an interview at a law firm as well as working hard to understand how to play instruments. But a choice had to be made.
God! I have struggled so many times in these crossroads. What to do next? The worries of tomorrow and what is best for my family. How, if it doesn’t work to survive it all and better yet… Will I succeed? Each and every time a still small voice has reminded me, “Can I Lead You?” It’s pretty much like speaking before a room full of naked people feeling because you may feel like you are the oddball in the room… and terribly confused. I’ve realized, “God, I can’t do this without you. I don’t want you to lead me, but I NEED you to lead me.” It’s extremely scary to think someone is going to lead you out of the darkness of confusion. Yet His leading hand brings the light into my eyes where confusion lied. Darkness conceals where we need to go and what we need to do. Light reveals and inspires us to see the goodness of all the land… the goodies God has for us and brings light to our path.
Luke 11:33-36 (NKJV)
33 No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.
Having a passion for something is God-given. Don’t shy away from it. Embrace it. Just please please protect it. In the above verse, our great big brother Luke wrote an example of Jesus when he walked this earth. Jesus stated, “34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” Passions are a light that burns so intensely within us that it outshines things that really don’t matter. At times our biggest flaw is to allow what others’ opinions have been of said passion and kill the dream we have before allowing it to get to the surface. We need to push pass this and grab our passionate dreams and pull them into the light.
When someone tells you it can’t be done, it’s more a reflection of their limitations not yours. Stop dissing yourself so much.
Get ideas, embark in what is amazing… just don’t let darkness flood your passions. The way I see it, my passions are God’s passions. You better believe I’m going to protect it. Too many times our dreams have wanted to be killed… but today we stand up against those deafening threats with the light to keep shining forth. I refuse my passions to be left in an abyss of other dreams that never made the cut but instead I want my passions to run towards the markings of my Creator’s path for me. Sometimes we just have to,
Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up! (Ann Bradford)
Today I pray for the daydreamer who was told they might speak too much of unreachable stars. You created them that way for a reason. You created a dreamer inside each one of us for a reason. I pray our eyes may see your light and not hear the deafening “Dont’s” “Cant’s” and “It will never work”. But instead give us paths to learn and gain knowledge of our crafts and guide us into learning the truths behind what we so love to do. May we not enter into ignorant decisions but God-geared, knowledgeable ones. Where our paths are aligned with your light and hidden in your shelter until you deem ready for us to move on at an accelerated rate for Your glory. Help us to protect our passions and not allow them to be infiltrated by past wrongdoings and condemnatory thoughts trying to kill our start-up. In Jesus Name protect our hearts and redeem our spirits. For we are giving up ourselves to you entirely. We know you have us in a protective place. Thank you for the dreams. Thank you for the passions. Thank you for the hope given to us by Jesus Christ to keep us moving forward. Thank you because your not letting us go alone in this crazy ride. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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