Do you have a dream…a vision…a “wish I could do this” or “wish I could be this?” Is there an idea that you have about doing something that every so often pops into your mind and brings a feeling of “I really should try to do this?”
Last week I ran into a colleague at work in the coffee line. I was feeling a bit low on the mood elevator that morning, and so was she when we met. As we chitchatted about this and that, she started asking about my new book “Ella Mae, the Courageous Cheerleader.” As we made our way through the coffee line and began to discuss how the book got started and my vision, I began to feel really excited. She mentioned how I was just lighting up and the joy and passion was physically visible on me. My low mood was gone, replaced with the joy of my dream in action.
I began to ask her, “Do you ever feel like you are more than what you do at work? Do you ever feel like there is just so much more to do in life than our desk jobs, making the monthly business plan and attending meetings?” She said, YES! Then, we started talking about a really fabulous idea that SHE had been thinking about for quite some time. It is an amazing outreach opportunity to help underprivileged girls with sports sponsorships to help them advance and get noticed for college opportunities. Wow! Then she started to light up too. Her sparkle appeared as she talked about how she had been dreaming this concept for a while but just hadn’t gotten started yet.
Gods puts these desires in our hearts. He gives us dreams that allow us to minister to people and be the face of Him on Earth. If you have a dream, don’t ignore it. Start moving towards it. God will join you in making that dream a reality once you start moving toward it. You’ll feel so fulfilled and realize your purpose and meaning in life as you begin to build that dream and live it.
I’m still pinching myself that I’m an author now. It feels so wonderful to know that my message is out and that children (a few of them at least) are reading about Ella Mae. It has been a rough climb with many obstacles, but the thrill of knowing the book is now available and the joy of telling my story encourages me.
What’s stopping you today from that dream, that vision, that “wish I had time to do this” idea that pops into your head over and over again? I encourage you to not wait any longer. Start making that dream a reality step by step and watch God work to fulfill it. Make your life about more than your day job- make it your dream.
Stephanie Cameron is author of the children’s book Ella Mae the Courageous Cheerleader. The book is available online at the following stores: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Family Christian Store and Tate Publishing Bookstore.
Ella Mae’s love for cheerleading is strong, but so are the bullies on the cheer team. Ella Mae, the Courageous Cheerleader is a children’s book written in rhyme, sharing a personal story of dealing with bullies. It teaches children how to respond to meanness with kindness, courage and confidence. Ella Mae will inspire children who are dealing with bullies at school to turn to their faith in God. By responding according to His Word, they too can receive God’s promise of blessing and the confidence that they are doing the right thing.