I am a proud cousin/friend tonight.
Of course I’m usually always proud of my friends and family for their accomplishments, but this is special. I am currently sitting in a little hotel room with a sleeping baby to my left named Maxwell and listening to Christmas music as I write. I am quite proud because my cousin Cody Davis is living out his dream. For years, I watched this vibrant character become not just “cousin Cody” but “my cousin who lives in New York and who is achieving his dream of being on Broadway”. I’ve never told him this, but I’ve always been slightly jealous of him. He has passion and drive like no one I know. He’s been at this dream for years; he’s taken all the lessons you can take and has the head shots and has a resume full of exciting experiences. He has a voice and personality people attract to like a moth to a flame! He is full of life and can make anyone smile. And tonight, as I sit in this little hotel room, he’s next door lighting up the stage at the Tulsa PAC in the tour of White Christmas! I have prayed for this cousin of mine for months and months, believing that Cody would stumble upon something amazing, something that would take him by surprise. And that happened!
I use this story as a way to encourage. I’ve been dreaming for what seems like ages and ages and as we get older, it can get harder to hang on to the dreams we have. It can get so hard and difficult. I am an admirer of those who can dream and keep dreaming. I am an onlooker to that kind of person, because as much as I dream, I often cut myself short because the thought of ‘that would never happen to me’ creeps in and ruins it! I realized today as I sat on the gym floor listening to a Judah Smith podcast and talking (texting) to one of my sisters that I have a lot of dreams that have already come true. I have a the dream ministry job that most people in ministry would kill for. I work for a team of people that keep me growing and moving forward. I have the sweetest relationships with my family and wonderful friends. I am able to live on my own. I can pay my own bills! I’ve been to over 16 countries in the span of 10 years. All these things are miracles. I still have dreams, some of which seem unreachable at times because of how lofty and wonderfully huge they are, that haven’t come true yet. And while waiting sucks, being hopeful while waiting is harder. I sat on the gym floor today on a mat and started tearing up. Before I knew it, I had those huge tears rolling down my face. You know the ones. The ones when you were so exhausted and you got in trouble with your parents for snapping at your sisters and you didn’t mean to, but you still got in trouble. Those huge, ginormous tears were rolling down my face as I ran to the locker room. I have a lot to be thankful for but I always think “God, when is this going to happen? Have you forgotten?” when really, I have a long list of brilliant things He’s already done that I toss to the way side. All this to say, don’t focus on the dreams that haven’t come true yet and get discouraged. Choose to remember the things that have already happened. Remember the moments that you didn’t see coming. Remember the accomplishments God has already made happen for you. Be thankful. Get an attitude of thanks and choose to happy no matter how things look. My favorite verse has been 2 Corinthians 10:4 in the Message…
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
It’s not easy to choose right thinking. It’s not always easy to say “God, I trust you with this area of my life”, but I would rather be hopeful waiting, than bitter and angry living out something I thought I wanted. God knows us better than we know ourselves. Choose that your dream come true is in motion and have that expectation that you’ll stumble upon something incredible.