Don't Ignore Your Dream

Don't Ignore Your Dream

Dreaming may not just be wishful thinking - it could be the "God nudge" you desperately need.

Deep down inside everyone is a desire - the desire to carry out a really cool, perhaps seemingly impossible dream.

This dream keeps you up late at night just thinking about it. You can liken it to the feeling of being in love - It's what most excites you, gets your heart pounding, and consumes much of what you think about and hope for.

However, reality hits:

There are things that need to get done. You forget about dreaming. You start believing that practical, safer choices in life are always the best. You push your dreams aside, choosing to label them as wishful fantasies - perhaps an escape from the humdrum of day to day living.

But you just can't seem to let this dream go.

So many people believe that having desires like that are wrong.

I am here to tell you that in many cases, they're not!

Please, do not let this dream go!

God often directs our lives by placing deep desires within our hearts in order to guide us to the next step.

If this dream keeps tugging at your heart, please don't ignore it. It may not make sense at the time, but one day, it will.

You may be holding back from pursuing a dream because of your fear that you won't ever succeed.

Based on my life experience, however, I can assure you that what's far more haunting than failure is the lingering feeling of regret for not even trying.

You don't want to wait until the end of your life to look back and say, "What if I didn't settle and actually asked God to give me opportunities to pursue what I'm truly passionate about?

Don't waste your time investing your life in something you don't really care about - something that may be "practical" but fails to motivate or excite you.

When I went to the Sea of Galilee, I was confronted with the thought of "daring to dream."

I couldn't help but think of the story that most of us know - the story of Jesus walking on the Sea in the middle of a storm.

As I stood in the Sea of Galilee at 10 in the evening, I could almost see it happening: Jesus calmly and collectively walking towards his beloved disciples who were all most certainly panicking (and now I know why - the winds can get SUPER strong over the Sea late at night).

Peter was one of the disciples in the boat. He was one CRAZY guy! He's the only one who called out to Jesus when he saw Him, saying he wanted to walk on the water too!

Let's just stop and think here: Peter had the desire to walk on water - it was a rad/cool/impossible/impractical dream of his - but it was something he really wanted to do!

Jesus' response to Peter could have been, "No, just wait in the boat, I'm almost there. Just watch me walk on water (which was already in and of itself a really cool experience)."

But Jesus doesn't say that!

Jesus tells Peter, "Come."

Why did Jesus allow Peter to be daring enough to act on his impulsive desire to walk on water in the middle of a raging storm?

I believe it was meant to be. When Peter walked on the water, not only was he able to do something extraordinary and fulfill his dream, but his faith in God was able to grow exponentially following that.

Later on, Peter would live on to share that story with thousands of people. It may have gone something like, "I had a crazy desire to walk on water during a storm this one time, and you wouldn't believe it - by keeping my eyes on Jesus, I actually did! He helped me accomplish the impossible, and He can help you do the same. Just trust in Him - you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength."

Dare to dream.

It sounds cliché, but in all seriousness, practice taking moments out of your day where you stop to inquire God - and yourself - of where your deepest desires and passions lay.

Remember: You were called to live for a time such as this.

If you go after your dreams, hopes, and visions in faith, you will one day see it change the world around you.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Pride? Pride.

Who are we? Why are we proud?


This past week, I was called a faggot by someone close to me and by note, of all ways. The shock rolled through my body like thunder across barren plains and I was stuck paralyzed in place, frozen, unlike the melting ice caps. My chest suddenly felt tight, my hearing became dim, and my mind went blank except for one all-encompassing and constant word. Finally, after having thawed, my rage bubbled forward like divine retribution and I stood poised and ready to curse the name of the offending person. My tongue lashed the air into a frenzy, and I was angry until I let myself break and weep twice. Later, I began to question not sexualities or words used to express (or disparage) them, but my own embodiment of them.

For members of the queer community, there are several unspoken and vital rules that come into play in many situations, mainly for you to not be assaulted or worse (and it's all too often worse). Make sure your movements are measured and fit within the realm of possible heterosexuality. Keep your music low and let no one hear who you listen to. Avoid every shred of anything stereotypically gay or feminine like the plague. Tell the truth without details when you can and tell half-truths with real details if you must. And above all, learn how to clear your search history. At twenty, I remember my days of teaching my puberty-stricken body the lessons I thought no one else was learning. Over time I learned the more subtle and more important lessons of what exactly gay culture is. Now a man with a head and social media accounts full of gay indicators, I find myself wondering both what it all means and more importantly, does it even matter?

To the question of whether it matters, the answer is naturally yes and no (and no, that's not my answer because I'm a Gemini). The month of June has the pleasure of being the time of year when the LGBT+ community embraces the hateful rhetoric and indulges in one of the deadly sins. Pride. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the figures at the head of the gay liberation movement, fought for something larger than themselves and as with the rest of the LGBT+ community, Pride is more than a parade of muscular white men dancing in their underwear. It's a time of reflection, of mourning, of celebration, of course, and most importantly, of hope. Pride is a time to look back at how far we've come and realize that there is still a far way to go.

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement launched onto the world stage, thus making the learning and embracing of gay culture that much more important. The waves of queer people that come after the AIDS crisis has been given the task of rebuilding and redefining. The AIDS crisis was more than just that. It was Death itself stalking through the community with the help of Regan doing nothing. It was going out with friends and your circle shrinking faster than you can try or even care to replenish. Where do you go after the apocalypse? The LGBT+ community was a world shut off from access by a touch of death and now on the other side, we must weave in as much life as we can.

But we can't freeze and dwell of this forever. It matters because that's where we came from, but it doesn't matter because that's not where we are anymore. We're in a time of rebirth and spring. The LGBT+ community can forge a new identity where the AIDS crisis is not the defining feature, rather a defining feature to be immortalized, mourned, and moved on from.

And to the question of what does it all mean? Well, it means that I'm gay and that I've learned the central lesson that all queer people should learn in middle school. It's called Pride for a reason. We have to shoulder the weight of it all and still hold our head high and we should. Pride is the LGBT+ community turning lemons into lemon squares and limoncello. The lemon squares are funeral cakes meant to mourn and be a familiar reminder of what passed, but the limoncello is the extravagant and intoxicating celebration of what is to come. This year I choose to combine the two and get drunk off funeral cakes. Something tells me that those who came before would've wanted me to celebrate.

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