Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that dreams don’t often show up at convenient times.
There’s never an ideal, ducks-in-a-row moment to get married.
Or the perfect, uncomplicated season to add another child to the family.
There’s never a convenient time to begin homeschooling, or take that trip around the world, or move to the fixer-upper that’s been in your thoughts for a decade.
There are always a million reasons why today isn’t the right moment to start–a million excuses about why you shouldn’t write that book, or adopt a child, or birth a home business.
And yet sometimes we feel a tug in our spirits–angels whispering in our ears, circumstances lining up in extraordinary ways on our behalf.
Will we take the plunge, dive in, deal with the messes as they come, and live life whole? Or will we push away the opportunity because of excuses, lack, or fear.
My global family has a dream to travel, to experience (and impact) the world, to expose our children to our God-given life missions in order to inspire them to discover their own.
This summer an extraordinary and unexpected opportunity arose for us to do exactly that. We leave in two days for five weeks in the Philippines as part of my husband’s work helping to restore survivors of child trafficking and exploitation.
There are a ton of reasons to brush aside this trip–like the fact that we moved to a new house a few weeks ago, the inordinate amount of work involved in transporting a family of five around the world, the control we’re letting go of by living in an unfamiliar culture, and the book I had planned to write that must wait a while.
But when our family looks back ten years from now, we won’t remember the logistical chaos and the hard work of this experience.
We’ll just be glad we said yes.
What about you? Is there a dream–for yourself or your family–nudging your heart? You know the one. There are a million reasons why you shouldn’t, why you can’t…but the thought and the urge won’t go away.
Take a step toward it–this day, this week, this month. Don’t worry about whether or not it’s convenient, whether or not it’s easy, or whether or not there’s cereal for dinner one night.
When your dreams come knocking, don’t ignore them. Don’t rationalize them away or make excuses.
When your dreams come knocking, just answer the door.
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
~ T.E. Lawrence