We have a “D.R.E.A.M.pledge” acronym at Urban Youth Impact we say with the kids when they are at the Dream Center… everyday…
It starts with “Dream Big”… we want every student to know that God has a plan and purpose for their life, and that they should dare to Dream Big, beyond the shadows of sin that are cast on their lives from others bad choices…
About two weeks ago I started feeling like a hypocrite, actually in February after a staff retreat the feeling started but with a crazy emotional funk I was in, I didn’t realize it.
So we tell the kids to Dream Big everyday…. and I have been dreading them asking me what my dream is, because it is a big one, and I haven’t been faithful.
For a week I was surrounded by celebration of God’s faithfulness and provision as these men walked in faith and obedience to the call on their lives. Stories of lives changed beyond what we can see. I was overwhelmed and inspired. Encouraged. Spurred on, and reminded of my dream that I have put on the back burner.
I have been so afraid to tell people about my dream, and I am so sick of myself for making decisions or holding myself back because I am convinced of what other peple will think. Which in my mind is never good – terrible actually.
I didn’t want people to think that I don’t love being “Miss Julie”.. because I do. I love seeing when one of the girls actually “gets it”, I love the hugs and laughter, drying the tears, I even love when the kids hate me because I know they know better, and hold them to a higher standard.
I love it. But it’s not my dream.
So I decided to tell Bill about it. I was so nervous talking to the man whose ministry I am planning on coming on full time missionary staff with. I was so afraid, I think I even just blurted it out – inhale, speak, and there it was. And Bill’s eyes lit up… He didn’t think that I was saying I wanted to leave Urban Youth Impact, He didn’t think I was crazy, He didn’t think that I was a bad Christian for what my dream is. He embraced me, literally and figuratively.
I am starting to really believe that my dream can and will be a reality. It’s not about success as much as it is about faithfulness….
I know that I will regret it for the rest of my life for wasting what I feel God has given me…
So here I am – dreaming big, and making dreams my reality.