We dream big for our children. We want them to have it all. We want them to live life to the fullest, to shine. We want them to experience life better than we did. To do everything we didn't. Sometimes these yearnings creep up and tempt us to live vicariously through them. But other times we are inspired to lead and teach our talents and creativity, sometimes athleticism or art. There is a fine line between the two. I pray for wisdom and guidance with this. My girl, she is such a mixture of her daddy and myself. And one thing she loves to do is sing which comes from both sides. And to call her dramatic is pure truth. So this mama has signed her up to try out for a musical at the local theater. She is excited and nervous and thankfully we have pinned down an audition song. This same little girl tried standing up in the grocery cart at three years old in the checkout lane at Kroger raising up her hands and singing/belting out, "I think I'll try DEFY_ING GRAVITY!" She was knit together in the womb for greatness I tell you...
And of course this mama bear sees how amazing she is and how on tune she can sing...But others may not. She may not make the cut. And we are preparing for that. But pondering on this as we prepare to literally face the music, I am reminded of how big our Heavenly Father dreams for us, His children. He wants us to have all that He has prepared for us in this life. He wants us to shine, to reflect His light out in the darkness. And He is right there to lead us, to teach us and help us tap into our creativity and art. Whether it be through our roles as mothers or wives, or employees or in ministry. Whatever we do, He will be there with us for "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Others may not give you the applause and approval you think. But thankfully we don't have to worry about pleasing anyone but the one who created us. And how good to know that our God loves us so much that he sent us a savior who set us free so that we are made right and can't mess that up. No matter how much we fail we always win with Christ.
So today live out that dream that He has for you. Be brave, take a step out on the stage of the great big world (whatever your world may look like today) and shine like the star you are in HIM...all for Him and His glory!