My friend’s daughter has a dream, and I have been praying for her over the last week, thinking about how to encourage her, because dreams are precious and they are too easily lost. I ended up writing her a letter, and I’m going to share it here. I hope that it’s worthwhile reading for any young person with a dream.
Dear young person with a dream,
The last thing you probably want is advice, so read this at a time when you feel like you want advice – otherwise, it will just be irritating.
I’m writing to you from my experience (a bit limited, but there nonetheless) as a painter, business owner, writer, teacher, mother, wife, and person saved by Jesus.
- Take your dreams seriously and make them a priority. God honors that. I’ve seen it time and time again.
- Work faithfully, every day. It will be your consistency and commitment over the long haul that will pay off. Even if it’s ten minutes a day, but try for several hours (break it up in small chunks, like morning, mid-day and evening – if that helps).
- You have three sources of energy (besides physical): these are the Holy Spirit, your own passion and self-motivation, and external inspiration. Guard these and use all three.
- When bad things happen: overcome, never give up, be humble, and watch God turn the bad into your greatest strengths and breakthroughs…although it can really hurt sometimes. but overcome.
- Know that God smiles when you create beauty. : ) When you use your gifting and strive to do amazing things, you are honoring God with your life.
I will be praying for you.