If you’ve followed the Water Cooler or my personal blog for a while, you know I’m a glass half-full thinker. I dream big.
I weigh the realities and set goals within reason.
And then there’s this—
I dream bigger.
Over the years, I’ve often thought about dreams. In fact, I’ve blogged about them, too.
Certainly, as a writer, my pursuit began with the tiny glimmer of a dream.
The dream languished as months slid into years and years into decades. It all but withered away as a long, bone-chilling season blew in and took up residence.
Then life changed.
I shifted careers. I left my area of expertise in favor of sunnier paths.
My kids grew older. No longer did I have one in diapers and another in middle school.
No longer did we live in and out of hospitals and ERs like we once had (more on that here).
At last, the fresh, clean breeze of opportunity seemed to blow my way.
I explored new goals.
I made the most of my time, started new projects, and immersed myself in the writing craft.
I allowed my dream to soar.
Was I scared?
Writing’s a risky business.
There’s always the risk of rejection, failure, and loneliness. Add to that the never-ending details and mountains of work—the actual writing, even though we do love it.
In other words—the writing landscape is far from glamorous and ideal. (If you’re a veteran at this, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.)
It’s a day-by-day, put-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other process. If we want to realize our publishing dream, writers must stay focused.
We must adopt a big dreamer mindset.
We must adapt to new ways of thinking.
We must set aside our fear and go for broke.
And here’s something to consider—something I wrote several years ago as a reminder.
Goals: What I try to realistically shoot for with God’s help.
Dreams: Something beyond the scope of the tangible, but completely possible with the One who moves mountains.
A guest speaker at our church one Sunday put it another way.
When Jesus began His earthly ministry, he preached the Good News. (Matthew 4:17)
Through a gracious invitation, he called his first disciples to follow Him, acknowledging he would make them fishers of men—evidence that whatever we do—whatever vocation we have, Jesus will use it and transform it.
If we follow Him, we’ll no longer find meaning in other “stuff.” When we chase after Him, our dream is found in His call for us.
Self-made dreams won’t satisfy because Christ has something bigger in store. The kingdom dream.
And when our hopes and dreams align with His will for our lives—wow—all bets are off.
Even when we’re scared. Even when we don’t know how on earth our writing ministry will come to fruition.
Because that’s the thing really—how on earth?
Well, on earth—in the finite realm, it may not.
But given our supernatural Heavenly Father’s charge over our dream, anything can happen.
As a novelist, that thrills me!
As appeared on my blog.
What’s your dream?
How do you keep your dream alive?
How would you encourage others to press forward toward their dream?
Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. A hopeless romantic at heart, she enjoys penning stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her debut novel, the first in a three-book series, releases with Mountain Brook Ink July 2019.
“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.
Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.
For love, fun, and encouragement ~