I am thankful to have come across this post. As a single 41 year old woman, I am just now coming to the realization that I have wasted most of my life living for others (particularly my family). I have erected idols and have neglected the work/gifts/talents that I know Christ has called me to do/use. I am an artist and I am a social worker, I love them both, as each exercise a level of creativity and potentially change lives.
Because I have had beaten into my head that I would not amount to anything, I believed that lie and chose to sit on the sidelines, dying inside because I am living in disobedience- not grave sin, but unbelief and apathy are also stenches in God’s nostrils.
In June 2009, I resigned from my job (yes in this economy) after praying and fasting. I was so excited at the possibilities to devote time to my dreams: developing my skills in photographer and other mediums, and starting a private counseling practice for Christian women. God, however, had other plans. He literally pumped the brakes on all of my plans and showed me myself (it was uugggllleee). Have you ever been surprised at the stuff that comes out of your heart? During this time, I’ve lost earthly things that I relied on more than God. I asked Him to remember my dreams..the ones that would not replace Him in my life, and just began this process of surrendering my life, making a commitment and following through. I did not go quietly…I still tend to kick and scream sometimes. But God is patient and loving and He cares about what concerns us.
It looks like I’m rambling on, sorry. I guess what I really want to say is that God is so very good. He is the keeper of our dreams when they are aligned with His word. Accomplishing our dreams requires a commitment to Jesus Christ. It requires being purified in the fire and set apart for His glory. When we abide in Him, our dreams will ultimately be to glorify Him through whatever means He has given us, the Word foremost, and then through gifts/talents, etc.
I pray that each of your dreams be accomplished .