Earlier today, I was listening to the song “Professional Daydreamer” by Over The Rhine. That actual phrase does not occur in the song, but I like it. I even remarked on Twitter today that, once in a while, I get to be a professional daydreamer myself.
I have the privilege (and honor) of using some of my creative talents as part of my job; working for the church allows me to dream a little bit and get the creativity flowing. I probably don’t cash in on that privilege often enough, as I get bogged down in the to-do lists and the everyday grind of “the job.” However, I’m surrounded by a staff who help me remember the values of creativity and excellence; in particular, our Worship Arts staff (Trey, Monica, Kris, and I) encourage each other to be creative. I’m grateful for them for that.
This evening, I read some scripture that reminded me of God’s desire for us to use our gifts to fulfill His dreams for us. The verses are from Joel chapter 2, and to me they’re some of the most inspirational and intriguing verses in the Old Testament:
“I will pour out my Spirit on all people…your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28, NIV)
God has a dream and a vision for you, and He desperately longs for you to use the gifts and talents He has given you to fulfill that vision. Don’t allow circumstances, or stress, or self-doubt, or anything to get in the way of accomplishing His dream for you.
Regardless of what you do for a living, and no matter how you view your talents, allow yourself time to dream; allow God to reveal His vision to you, and pray that He will give you the strength to make it a reality.