Disclaimer: I wrote this blog a while ago as inspirational venting. Never heard of that kind of inspiration before? Well … keep reading!
I had an epiphany yesterday. Again! I say again because this epiphany has been perpetual throughout my life. As much as I would like to say I am 100% an emotionally driven person, I am not. I am very much a task-oriented person. If you know me, you are probably disagreeing with the assessment of myself because I am very emotional and I invest a lot of time into my friendships. However, if someone gives me a task to do, I will do everything I can to accomplish that request, even to my own detriment. Commendable? Maybe. Exhausting? Mostly. Fulfilling? Sometimes.
Last night I found myself writing an article for someone else. Why? Because I was asked to, and I committed to this task by saying yes, I would LOVE to be a part of this. Don’t misunderstand me—I am so thankful for this opportunity and I love what I do. However, last night, as I stared at a computer screen, investing time into someone else’s dream, I realized that I have not taken one second to write anything for my blog for six whole months. Even writing that sounds selfish. How dare I invest time into a ministry I care deeply about? The very fact that this is the first thing I’ve written in months is disgraceful.
So I asked myself a few difficult questions.
- Why is it so easy for me to fulfill other people’s expectations, rather than my own?
- Why is it so much easier to invest in other people’s dreams, rather than my own?
- Why do I stay up late, working on other people’s projects, rather than my own?
I am so sorry for my rant. But, can you relate? Have you ever experienced this? Are you suffering from the helpless feeling to please everyone? Have you put your dreams aside to help others fulfill theirs?
Isn’t it time to invest your energy into the things God has called you to do?
I’ll answer that for you. YES! Yes, it is time.
Make Time For Your Dreams
I’m not suggesting that you quit helping others or flake out on your responsibilities. What I am suggesting is to make time for your dreams. And by make time, I mean, treat them the same way you would when you wake up early to go to work. Treat your dreams the same way you would by staying up late for someone else’s project. Treat your goals with the same respect you give other people.
The problem is not helping other people with their dreams—I always want to be there for others. The problem is that I do not take anytime to invest in the things God is calling me to do. Why is it so difficult to pursue a personal dream? For starters, it seems selfish, at least for me it does. Also, the fear of the unknown and fear of failure is paralyzing. But, I’m encouraging you (and myself) to push beyond all of that and allow God to be your strength.
I encourage you to take some time to write down your goals today. Make a cup of coffee (or tea, if that’s your thing), sit your beautiful self down, and write down the dreams you have. You know that heart-pounding romance you have with a dream that you have carried around since you were a child? Write that down.
Evaluate the time you relentlessly spend on things that will not matter in the end. Such as: Netflix binging (there, I said it) or hours of trolling pictures on Instagram that cause you to question your worth, your weight, and your success.
I am not suggesting being selfish with every moment. You’re friends and family need your support. We need to always be there for one another, cheering for one another, saying, “You go, girl! You’ve got this!” However, go and look in the mirror and say those exact same things to yourself.
You have a calling on your life.
God has given you a dream for a reason.
You will touch lives with your story.
God will help you when you are scared.
God will give you the strength to pursue the unknown.
Whatever it is—
go for it, invest time in it, and believe in it.
Everyone is gifted the same amount of time.
- 24 hours a day.
- 168 hours a week.
- 8,760 hours a year.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
What will you do with the time that has been given to you?
Right now as you read these words—it’s time.
Oof, this was definitely relatable for me. I’m a recovering people pleaser. Great words!
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Aaron, I am too! Thank you for all of your support—I’m happy you liked this post.