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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Recapture a lost dream

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
When you have something on your mind,  do you just keep thinking about it?  That’s how I am when I’m writing an article for the blog, preparing a lesson, or just being creative about an idea.  I’m also that way when I feel stuck, frustrated, or trying to find a solution to a problem. 

The other night, I had the greatest dream.

I know that the dream had something to with my life coaching practice because in the dream, I was working with clients, speaking at an event, and preparing thoughts for future blog articles.  The dream was full of creative ideas and I was in the stages of sleep when you are aware of what you are dreaming; but not quite awake enough to do something about it.  I could vividly see what was going on and I distinctly remember segments of the dream; but there was this one part that I couldn't remember.  I was dreaming about this great idea!  You know the kind of idea that you think…”why didn’t I think of this sooner?  This could change my life.”  Or better yet…”this is such an ingenious idea, I can’t wait to share it with someone else.”

Well, unfortunately, I can’t remember it.  I just kept thinking – while I was sleeping – “you need to get up and write this down so you’ll be able to move forward on the idea, tomorrow.”  But did I do that?  No…I just could not get my body to wake up enough to get out of bed, find a piece of paper and a pen, and write the idea down.

The next day, I was sharing my dream with someone and expressing my frustration over the part I could not remember.  When I explained, “I just wish I could recall the rest of my dream,” they said, “Well, maybe it wasn’t really that great of an idea.  After all, it was just a dream.” 

Wow!  Has this ever happened to you?  You’ve had a great idea…a dream, and someone squelched it.  They told you all the reasons why your idea wouldn’t work or they suggested that you needed to find a more practical way to do some thing.  How does that make you feel?  Does just the thought of such a negative response make you feel sad…discouraged…or angry?

Where would some of our great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, John F. Kennedy or a contemporary leader like Bill Gates be today, if they had listened to naysayers?  What qualities make these leaders so uniquely different?  You may say, “It’s their personality…they were just born leaders.”  Or perhaps, “they were just passionate about a cause.”  And, we all know that Dr. Martin Luther King had “a dream.”

Where do you think that their dream or passion came from?   Was it some crisis they were struggling with or were they just trying to find a solution to what seemed to be an unsolvable problem?  Maybe they really wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life or they felt like there was something missing in their own lives.  No matter what motivated them, they had to surround themselves with others who believed in their dream.  Who is that person for you? 

  • Who helps you look at an idea objectively?  
  • Who listens to your thoughts and gives you honest feedback? 
  • Who is your confidence builder?
What would happen if you found someone who could guide you, and help you find the peace and joy that you desire in your life?  Have you ever considered a life coach.  A life coach can help you make discoveries about who you are and where you going.  Life coaches are great sounding boards who can listen objectively and ask pertinent questions to stimulate your thought process.

Do you feel stuck, in a rut, or want to move forward with your dream?  Let me encourage you to set a goal to find the person who will help you recapture your lost dreams.   Then ask that person to help you:

  • Discover your personality, passion, gifts, talents, and skills 
  • Find direction –  both personal and spiritual 
  • Define who you are when you put all of the pieces to the puzzle in place
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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 

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