When did God whisper your dream to you? How did you know it was from Him? While attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC), many people asked how I got into writing. The truth is, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write stories. The featured photo on this post is from my first writing conference. I attended after winning the Young Authors Competition in third grade for my critically acclaimed work, My Pony, Snoopy.
But the moment I knew I had to write came in the fourth grade when Mr. Tiews read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis to our class. A delighted shock came over me as I heard how Lewis described Lucy walking through the wardrobe and realizing the crunch under her feet was no longer mothballs, but snow. I knew I wanted to create that kind of response in people.
It wasn’t Mr. Tiews or even C.S. Lewis that gave me that dream, though. They were just the whisper God used to awaken it in me. God places desires in our hearts that will bring glory to His name. He creates us with passions and talents that the Holy Spirit will supernaturally use to compliment our spiritual gifts. It’s our responsibility to learn how to use those gifts, and the Lord’s promise to use them in a way that is beyond our human abilities.
Seeing that dream fulfilled requires our primary focus to be on our relationship with Christ. We then work our craft in response to that relationship—not the other way around. Consider what David wrote:
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
Success comes from separating our God-given dreams from selfish desires, working to fulfill what He’s put on your heart in an ever deepening relationship with Jesus, and trusting Him with the results.
How did you hear the whisper of God’s dream for you? How has he confirmed that call, and how can you be drawn closer to Him through it?
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