I’m a dreamer.
But lately, I’m realizing dreaming is not enough to live the life we want to live.
I have spent the last three-and-a-half years studying the Bible. I love the Bible. It’s the living, breathing Word of God full of life and power, truth and healing. It is redemptive in that it explains the story of Jesus and shows us what it truly is to live.
I really love the Bible.
Now, however, I am approaching graduation and I have recently found myself wondering what I’m going to do after. I have been dreaming about what I want to do since I was a little kid, and now I’m getting closer to living it. But I’m finding myself asking the question “how.”
I’ve seen way too many before me fall away from their passion of studying and understanding the Bible after they graduate, even those who know their calling is rooted in pastoral work. On the other hand, I’ve seen people walk straight into their future ministry once finishing school. I don’t want the former to happen, but the latter feels unlikely immediately.
Tonight, I find myself right in the middle of both.
I really want to continue to study the Bible and dream about one day becoming a teaching pastor. (Dreaming is pretty easy, wouldn’t you say?) Yet when I walk across that stage and accept my diploma, the dreaming will have the chance to become reality. I will be qualified to teach the Bible. (Not that qualification is necessary, but it is important to have the proper training when handling the very Word of God.)
But I have to start putting my dreams into practice if I want to walk in the plan God has for my life. I don’t have a church to inherit or an easy path to walk into when I graduate. So I better start putting my dreams into practice and knocking on doors.
For me right now in this moment waiting for my final semester of college to start, I believe I need to start practicing what I want to do. And I think this looks like teaching a class at my local church.
Tonight, I started putting a curriculum together, listening to the Holy Spirit and studying the Bible.
And I feel a fire in my bones doing so.
This is where dreams collide with reality and practice in a beautiful explosion of color and life.
I am preparing to walk through the doors I am knocking on. I want to be a pastor. I want to teach. I want to inspire and help others understand the power of the Word of God. This is what I believe the Lord wants from my life, and I am finally realizing what it is to work in this.
I can study beyond my degree. It doesn’t have to stop here. I might not be a pastor right away, but this is the path to get where God is leading me.
If I am going to knock on doors, I better be ready to walk through them. Knocking on doors is the dreaming. Walking through the open doors God provides is practicing what I’ve been studying and dreaming about.
What do you think? Is dreaming enough? I’m coming to find that in order to live life to the fullest, we have to put those dreams into action.
Always be ready to walk through those doors.