Cinderella“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep …” Can’t you just hear the singing mice and twittering birds? My daughter has been watching the live action remake of Cinderella almost daily since it came out on DVD. Once the credits finally roll, some of the original songs emerge and so the idea of dreams is on my mind.

Well, I can’t blame it entirely on a movie since for the last three weeks I’ve been living the dream of being a published novelist. Something about seeing my name on a gorgeous book cover or reading a fabulous review sends me on a virtual waltz around the ballroom in the arms of a prince.

But just like the lyrics of a movie sung in high-pitched voices, the repeated refrain can get old.

So, what is the dream? Cinderella’s dream was actually bigger than going to a dance. She longed to find love and a place to belong where she was valued for herself and not for doing the dirty work.

My dream is also bigger than seeing my name in print. More than a small royalty check. More than a pile of five-star reviews. Even more than an embedded desire to feel important or validated because I’m using a God-given talent. My true dream is to touch a reader’s heart, to give them hope, and to point them to God.

And in order to live that dream, I need to keep my spirit fed, the creative well primed, and my fingers dancing a waltz of their own across the keyboard. Because really living the dream is more than a wish and does not happen when I’m asleep.

What about you? What is your dream? What steps are you taking to move in that direction? Is your dream big enough to sustain you for the long haul?


Living the Dream
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  • November 23, 2015 at 7:16 am

    And is your dream God-sized so that it would require His inspiration to conceive of it and to accomplish it?

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