Don't Be Afraid to Dream

Don’t Be Afraid to Dream

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Have you ever had a dream that seems so far fetched, you didn’t think it would ever come true? I’ve always been a big dreamer but rarely has my dreams come true and now I know why. It’s because of fear. Fear is a huge, crippling emotion that actually takes over and causes us to be paralyzed. Lately I’ve had to really take stock of my life.

Fear Paralyzes and Robs us of our Dreams

Seven years ago, I couldn’t imagine my life without crocheting and knitting. I thought it, I dreamt it, I talked about it constantly. It was a real calling, an urging, a strong love and desire. But, it didn’t turn out to be where God was taking me. I suddenly couldn’t yarn anymore. But, He led me to paper crafting.

My biggest dream had not changed to retire from 9 to 5 jobs and craft for ministry full time, only the journey there. Still, fear keeps creeping up telling me that I’m too old or that we’ll never make enough to replace my day job income.

Life comes with risk and challenges. This is my biggest risk. But, I know that being afraid is keeping me from my destiny and it feels like a prison. I have given too many of my years to being afraid and I’m not getting younger. Also, more and more people are quitting their jobs to go into business for themselves and I tell myself if they can do it, so can I no matter how old I am.

I know I don’t control anything that happens to me, but the one thing I can control is how I react to what happens to me. I can choose. God gave us choice. So, I can decide to go for my dream and see what happens or I can play it safe and never find out. This is why I like Peter in the Bible. He often gets a bad rap for walking on the water then sinking and calling out to Jesus to save him, but at least he was willing to take those steps and for a few minutes, he did the impossible. He walked on water! And no one can take that away from him. (Read Matthew 14:28–29)

Life is too ding dang short to live it everyday unhappy and afraid.

Jesus paid an horrible price to give us life and I believe it really dishonors Him when we allow fear to hold us back. He wants us to live our dreams that He puts in our hearts.

I wasn’t looking for crafting to be my dream, I just knew I wanted something to do with my hands. I knew that my gifting was creativity and somehow I wanted to use it to express myself and reach people.

You Gotta have a Dream or Else you just Exist

So many people die without ever realizing what they could have been. It’s an awful thing to live with regrets of missed opportunities, but to never reach for anything is worse. God put us here for a reason and it was not to just take up space. We have a calling, a purpose for our lives. Without a dream, we really just exist.

Don’t be afraid to dream and don’t be afraid to go after a dream when you feel God calling you. It’s up to Him to fill in the missing puzzle pieces. He just wants you and I to be willing to step out as Peter did.

I don’t have a real direction of my next steps, I plan to just keep praying and following the doors The Lord opens to me. Who would have thought that I would dream of making handmade cards full time hoping my life would change when all along, all I had to do was change my mind.


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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.