It’s so much fun to pursue your dreams! It’s an opportunity to discover what you love to do—and what you are good at. And the Proverbs 31 woman (see Proverbs 31:24) gives you these two points to keep in mind as you pursue your own dreams:
- Don’t neglect your responsibilities. Be sure you take care of your relationships and duties at home, your schoolwork, and any other commitments you have. Your responsibilities come first—then dive in and work on your projects.
- Give it time. Start small. Watch for pockets of time you can fill with your projects. You can laze around and watch another TV show, or you can slip into your room and do your thing. Or you can work on your project on a table near the TV. That way, you are still with the family and joining in on their activity, but you are making progress on your goals and developing your skills. Also, make a habit of carrying items that you need for working on your projects in your backpack or a tote bag for those moments you spend waiting.
Now you’re ready to start spreading your wings in your new adventure! Talk your dreams and desires over with your parents. You will need them to back you up and support you and cheer you on. Then take the initiative.
It takes initiative to:
- Make the phone call to enroll in a class or join a group that will help you develop your skills.
- Go to a specialty store and purchase a magazine that targets your area of creativity.
- Bring your dreams down to earth and finally set up a work station, the sewing machine, or the easel.
- Find out where to send your samples of greeting cards, your manuscript, your book ideas, or your magazine article.
- Enter your painting or sculpture in an art show.
As Proverbs16:3 advises, “Commit your works unto the Lord.” Then determine what your first step will be!
Surround yourself with inspiring Bible verses and Elizabeth’s encouraging guidance to discover purpose and confidence you’ve only dreamed of having in her book, Beautiful in God’s Eyes for Young Women.