In honor of Martin Luther King, I thought it would only be fitting that today’s blog post be about dreams. MLK had a dream. “A dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Such a tragedy that he did not live long enough to see the fullness of his dream. Things sure have changed since that speech in 1963.
One of my favorite lines from a movie comes from “Pretty Woman”. In the beginning there is a man walking down the road in Hollywood saying, “What’s your dream? Everybody in Hollywood gotta have a dream. What’s your dream?” I can’t help but think of that line when someone talks about their dreams. I know, it’s a little weird, but that’s usually the line that first pops into my head when someone asks me about my dreams!
I just returned home from attending the Children’s Pastors Conference in Orlando. An AMAZING conference where I learned so much and got to meet so many people and serve alongside them as we served other Children’s Ministers. One morning our speaker was Craig Johnson. He talked about dreams and how fear can keep us from living out our dreams and keep us from doing what God has called us to do. He said we must network and get to know other people who have the same passion as we do. We must find that common bond (in my case with other children’s ministers), to change our environment if we see that environment is limiting our potential, and to not isolate ourselves. Such great words of advice and so true in many of us. We hear and feel what God is saying to us, but yet we are too afraid to act. Too afraid to actually live out those dreams, which really are the dreams that God has for us. Why are we so scared? Don’t we know that God is with us? Don’t we see that God gave us the gifts to live out those dreams? Fear just paralyzes us so much because we are afraid of what others think. It doesn’t matter what others think. It matters what God thinks! He is the one we need to listen to. He is the one who we need to trust. We must be willing to step forward and to live out that dream that God has for us, to live out the plan God has for our lives.
If you are in Children’s Ministry, then I know you have lots of dreams! Dreams for your ministry that are so big that you wonder if you will ever be able to see them come true. I encourage you to write down those dreams, those visions you have for your ministry. What do you want to see happen in your ministry in 2014 and in 5 years or 10 years? Write it down, pray about it, and keep a journal of how and when God answers those prayers you have. When we write down our dreams then it’s easier to look back and see how faithful God is to us. We can remember that God never left us and how God helped others through us.
This past fall, our Business Manager at our church asked the Youth Director and myself to make a “Wish List”. If we could have just 1 thing, what would it be? Our Youth Director put that he wanted a gym (which I totally agree). I said I wanted an office with a window! I miss the sunshine!
Here are a few of my other dreams for myself and my kids at my church.
-I have a dream that one day the kids who come to our programs will make the decision to accept Christ in their lives. I always tell them it’s the most important decision that they will ever make. I would love to see that happen in each child’s life that attends our children’s programs.
– I have a dream that one day the Children’s Ministry will have their own space. We currently share space with the Preschool. I want classrooms designed specifically for each age group. If you share space then you know what I’m talking about. We manage and do fine with it, but it would just be really nice to have our own space.
-I have a dream that one day we’ll have space for Large Group worship that we don’t share. One that I can decorate and leave up and not have to worry about taking it down. I like to decorate and make the space fun for the kids and sometimes that’s hard to do when you share space.
-I have a dream that one day our Sunday morning Kidz Church program will be overflowing with kids so much so that we have to find more space to use! We are getting close to that one in 2 of our classes, too!
-I have a dream that one day our Sunday evening Pioneer Club program will bring in lots more community kids. We get a lot now, but I want to reach as many kids in our community as I can and as our classrooms and building can hold!
-I have a dream that one day we’ll begin a Family Ministry at our church. One where parents and children can learn together and we as the church provide events where they can do things together.
-I have a dream that one day my blog and the articles I write will inspire people out there. I want to encourage other Children’s Ministers in their ministries. I want to share my stories and experiences with them in hopes of them feeling encouraged. I want to reach as many Children’s Ministers as I can with my articles so that everyone can feel like they are not alone in ministry.
-I have a dream that one day I would be able to write a book about Children’s Ministry. This one is a little crazy as I have no clue yet what I want to write about, but I do know that I want to write.
-I have a dream that one day I will be able to lead workshops at conferences like CPC and share what I know with other Children’s Ministers. This one is a little scary as I get nervous when speaking in front of adults (I can talk to kids all day long and not be nervous, but a big group of adults is a different story). But, I am encouraged by stories from the Bible like Moses. If he can do it, then so can I.
There you have it. The dreams of Vanessa Myers! Maybe you find them too big or too crazy and you are saying “Good Luck”, but I believe that ONE DAY those dreams will come true because I believe that is what God has called me to do. Nothing is impossible with God.
Don’t be afraid to go for your dreams. The dreams you know God is calling you to do! What’s your dream? Everybody in the ministry’s gotta have a dream!