by - Friday, August 10, 2012

I once heard the most beautiful prayer from a humble musician- "Talent is God's gift to us, skill is our gift back to Him." When I heard it, I never forgot it. The most impressive thing, in my opinion, is when talent can be diligently mastered to create something great. I am conviced that one of the most disappointing things we can do as artists is to let our gifts go to waste. We need to nurture our dreams and talents. We cannot always wait for things o happen, we must also work hard and be a good steward of what God has given us. Lately I have been really challenged with dreams and goals. Each and everyone of us have dreams, passions, and goals that are unique to us, but sometimes they never leave our imaginations. There are too many amazing peope with unfilled lives and unfulfilled dreams. Then there are still other people who put limitations on dreams. Sometimes the limitations you accept- whether it be rejections, hurt, failure, or lies that were told to you- establish the boundaries of your existence. I don't know about you, but I don't want to die with greatness locked up inside of me. This planet is made better, or worse by the people we choose to become, and though you may not recognize it, there is greatness within you. God has placed specific dreams, talent, and passions within us, and when we are so consumed with His heart and kingdom we can trust our passions. You were created to have dreams bigger and bolder than you are. If your dreams can be accomplished by yourself then those are just goals that rarely require God. And while all our dreams are different and unique to us, if you let Jesus guide your life, then your life cannot simply be about you. It cannot just be about your life, your ambitions, your dreams, or your goals. As you pursue those things in your heart, always point to God so that He always gets the glory. And you should never be afraid to pursue those dreams that are birthed out of a burden. Honestly, those are the most unselfish, beautiful ones. Great dreams begin as we expand our concern and deepen our burden and compassion for others. What are your dreams? What has God placed inside of you? What are your passions and burdens? And what are you doing about them?

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