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Dear Daughter,

Be careful with whom you share your dreams. On one hand, there will be people who won’t want to see you succeed but, on the other, there are those who don’t mean harm but may not know exactly how to support you in fulfilling those dreams. In an effort to help you tweak and develop your dream, sometimes those around you can inadvertently discourage you from pursuing the vision that God has given you. When I was a teenager, I had a vision about pursuing a dream that I knew was something God wanted me to do. I was so sure that it would be a blessing to the body of Christ but, at the time, I didn’t know where to begin. I needed help with the step-by-step planning process. I had no idea how to make this vision in my mind come to fruition but I felt compelled to do something…

With much excitement and anticipation, I presented the idea to someone I looked up to as a mentor. I shared what God had given me but I never expected what happened next. Much to my surprise, the response pinpointed every reason why the idea wouldn’t work, including the fact that something else similar already existed. The feedback focused on how difficult it would be to conceptualize a plan to carry out this God-given vision. The worst part was that I actually believed it. I believed that it wasn’t a good idea. I believed that it couldn’t be done. It seemed to me that it was no longer necessary to pursue. Instead of using the negativity constructively as ammunition to thrive, it had the complete opposite affect on me. I was so discouraged… I let that dream fade away.

Well, fast forward ten years later… You can imagine the shocking, painful stab I felt in my chest when I found out that someone else I knew started an organization similar to what I had envisioned. I couldn’t believe it! Outside of being angry with myself and slightly jealous of this other person, it saddened my heart that I didn’t allow Christ the opportunity to strengthen my faith and complete His work through me. Soon after, I felt the guilt of not operating in obedience to God. With a heart of repentance, I made a promise that I would do my best to never allow negative influences to deter me from fulfilling God’s purpose for my life.

My love, always remember… you can’t control how people react to the visions you strive to fulfill but don’t let that discourage you from pursuing your dreams. Be cautious of who you trust to help and support you along the way. No matter what, obedience is key.

Be cautious in the process,

Ana J.