Our world today is full of people telling you that when you graduate high school, you should immediately go to college, major in something “useful”, and get a “realistic” job. I fell into this trap, and desperately tried to find something that I could be passionate about yet still make money off of. I have learned, however, that just because something may seem more practical than something else, it doesn’t mean that you should leave your dreams behind. Here is my list of 7 reasons that you should be going after your dreams.
1. You have your dream for a reason
We all have passions, and those passions help make up who we are. God placed those passions in your heart for a reason. Don’t ignore where you are feeling called and what you are passionate about, because God may just be using that dream to change both your life and the lives of those around you.
2. It is okay to be happy
There has been a trend in Christianity through my lifetime in which we convince ourselves that we shouldn’t be happy. I agree, happiness is not our main goal on this earth. We are here to glorify God. But being happy is not evil. Being happy does not mean you are serving Satan. What you choose to do with your life can make you happy, and you can enjoy yourself while still loving and serving God.
3. You don’t want to have to ask yourself, “what if?”
We all have those things we want to do, and we all decide that it wouldn’t be practical to pursue it. And, I will be honest, just because you try something does not mean you will always succeed. But I personally don’t want to look back on my life and not know what would have happened if I had pursued my dream. Go to that audition. Apply for that job. Talk to that person. Email that executive. Whatever it is that you have deemed too silly to pursue, do it. Don’t look back on your life someday and wonder how many great things you could have done if you had just taken the chance.
4. Failure is a wonderful teacher
As I said before, you may not achieve all of your dreams. Not everything that we want is going to work out for us. But trying and failing teaches you so much more than just sitting on the couch waiting for opportunities. It teaches you humility. It teaches you how to improve for the next thing you try. Don’t take those teaching moments for granted. Accept them with gratitude and go on to pursue your next dream.
5. You are good enough
I have struggled my whole life with having dreams and not going after them because I thought I wasn’t good enough. I’m here to tell you that that is a lie. If God has called you to do something, he is going to equip you for it. Don’t convince yourself that you aren’t talented or smart enough to succeed in your dream. If you have a passion that God placed in your heart, believe in your abilities and do it.
6. Nobody has the exact same dream that you have
Sure, there are tons of people that have the same general dream. But when you get into the details of what you want to do, and when you actually look at your vision for your life, nobody else’s matches up 100%. It is completely unique to you. If you don’t go after your dream, nobody else will. And maybe, just maybe, your dream is exactly what the world needs.
7. Other people can benefit from your dream
Think about the doctor who may have never cured their patient had they not pursued their dream. Think about the character at Disney World who would not put a smile on the face of a child who desperately needed it had they not gone to that audition. Think about the youth pastor who would never impact the life of that wayward teen had he simply done what was more practical. Your dream does not only affect you, but the lives of people you haven’t even met yet. They need you to pursue your dream so that they can pursue theirs.
Chase your dream. Do what you are passionate about. Allow yourself to enjoy life. Don’t get stuck chasing the dream of somebody else just because you know you can succeed. Do what scares you. Do what you love. And above all, do everything to the glory of God, and show his love no matter what.