Our family returned last weekend from leaving our son for his first semester of medical school. A watershed moment, our emotions are too profound to articulate. We’re protective and anxious as he faces the toughest of curriculums, mental and physical challenges beyond any we have the capacity for tackling. We know he is equipped with all he needs and agree to what is most important: we must ‘release’ him to his calling.

As an HR professional I am innately attuned to the importance of aligning your gifts and abilities with your passions to pursue your life’s work. What saddens me these days is how many people have given up their dreams and no longer believe they can respond in a successful way to the stirrings in their souls. That’s a real shame and a tragedy.

The economy has made people skittish, skeptical, scared and sarcastically sour. Finding and maintaining income is challenge enough, without the pressures of delayed retirement, student loans, foreclosures, rising gas prices. Life has a way of throwing up barricades, especially as we close in on success and the realization of our dreams. Heads up! Those barricades are tests. Harry Truman was right, “It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job, and it’s a depression when you lose your own.”

From The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson:

“What you do is usually a result of what you actually believe….your Big Dream was planted in you before you were born. Your Big Dream is meant to fulfill a Big Need He cares deeply about.

3 Insights into Every God-Given Big Dream

1. A Big Dream always seems overwhelming at first.
2. Ultimately, a Big Dream is aimed at meeting a Big Need in the world.
3. While you still have breath, it’s never too late to act on your Dream!

God is not intentionally hiding your Dream from you. It’s already in you. It’s already who you are. Your opportunity is to discover it.”

My dream and calling is to encourage others to discern their life’s purpose, identify their gifts, skills and abilities, and to maximize their use on God’s mission fields. When I see it all come together in someone engaged in doing what they’re born to do, it creates a thrill and a rush unlike any other. The resulting work is stellar, extraordinary, out-of-this-world.

Life’s most challenging and agonizing times are ripe with opportunity and growth. Being pruned is exceedingly painful but required to reap fruit. “To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do – to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst – is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed,” The Sacred Journey, Frederick Buechner. Buechner also said, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep need meet.”

So….back to your dreams. They’ll never come true without BELIEF, the formation of a plan, a bit pruning, perseverance and perspiration in the preparation. Seth Godin urges “…never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.”

Blast through life’s barricades, ignore the naysayers, stare down the skeptics, face your fears. Dare to dream. Answer the call. Go do it while you still have breath! You have all you need and the world’s needs are great.

~From the desk of Becky Morlok~

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