You Have to Give Up Some Things to Let Your Dreams Come True
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
My dream for so many years was to find a place where women could gather and grow by exchanging their faith stories.
Through my women’s fellowship group, ministry, and church retreats, I clearly saw the power of sharing stories. Our stories can minister to a deeply hurting sister. Bring hope to a despairing friend. Shed Light on a darkened heart. Speak the truth to the whispered lies that say, “You are alone.” “You have done the unforgivable.” “You are not welcome here.”
And so I journaled my ideas. Brainstormed with trusted friends. Prayed that God would guide me to His plan.
When I started dreaming back in the 90s, there really was no world wide web to speak of. If people were blogging, I knew nothing about it. No, the only way I could imagine making my dream come true was through a print magazine. That was a no-brainer. I had worked in magazines all my life.
But…I didn’t have money for creating a magazine. What’s more, as the web grew, many print publications were beginning to fold.
So I had to give up the idea that my dream was a magazine.
Eventually, the web evolved and the dream of a community contributor website, a forum for lots of story sharing, was conceived. It seemed like my dream was being fulfilled. But how could I do all this work, pour hours every week into this dream, if I couldn’t make money doing it?
A few fellow dreamers and I started to work on a 5-Year Business Plan. The plan got so focused on money that I felt we were leaving God out. And I knew that wasn’t what I was called to do!
I had to give up the idea of monetizing to allow my dream to unfold.
Then, for legitimate reasons, our team of five was reduced to two. (Well, three, if you include God, as my Cofounder Kimberly reminded me.) I’m a big group concensus/group hug kind of gal. I didn’t think we could do it without everyone.
But I had to give up my dream team of five or give up my dream.
Thankfully, Kimberly and I shared the same dream. Both of us felt certain that God was calling us to fulfill it together.
And so www.CirclesOfFaith.org, Where Faith, Life, and Community Intersect, was born on September 21, 2012.
Oh I’ve had to give up some things along the dream journey, including lots of free time.
But my God-sized dream has come true.
Now I know, you have to give up some things to make your dream come true.
What's your story?
What are you dreaming of? Is there something you might have to give up to make your dream come true?