Balancing Your Dreams & Your Full Time Job

I am still learning.

I’ve never been all that good at balancing things in my life. While I hate to admit it, I’m kind of an all or nothing girl. I have trouble finding the middle ground and tend to gravitate towards extremes. So when it comes to balancing my job and my dreams, I am taking it one step at a time.

It’s hard when what we’re doing every day, isn’t what lights a fire in our hearts. Maybe we even love our job, but it’s still not our deepest desire, the dream that’s followed us from childhood into adulthood.

I’m a dreamer at heart, so I have more dreams than I can count, but my top two are writing and acting. Ever since I was a little girl I have had a creative heart; dancing and singing on every surface I could stand on top of, writing short stories in the coziness of my pillow forts. Both of these things bring life into my mundane in a way that nothing else does. They are my dreams.

A person dear to my heart reminded me the other day we are all multifaceted. No one is just an actress, just a writer, just an engineer, just a runner, just a chef, or just a preschool teacher. No one is just one thing. And every experience in life has something to teach us, if we’re willing to let it.

So while your full-time job may seem like it has nothing to do with your dream, think again. Are you learning patience? Are you learning humility? Are you learning to be content in each moment? These lessons are so important, though they can be so hard to learn. Friends, there is no such thing as wasting your life, or wasting your time. Every moment is a gift, an opportunity.

I often look to David’s life for comfort when I feel like I am not living up to my purpose. Remember little David from the Bible? The one who killed the giant Goliath and became a king. As a young boy David was anointed to be king of the Israelites, and yet he spent years and years as a shepherd. How frustrating it must have been to know that he would be a king, and yet was herding sheep every day. But God was using that time to mold David into the king He called him to be.

Okay, so we may not all be kings, but we all have been created for a purpose, a purpose that no matter how hard we try we can’t mess up.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV

God goes before us, and He has made a way for us. Our dreams are so strong because they were stitched into our hearts when we were knit together in our mother’s womb. God is for us, not against us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

As we reach for our dreams, let us not forget to lean into the one who made us. His ways are higher than our ways. You better believe He will lead us right where He wants us, and He will not forget the deep desires of our hearts. What I have learned is that when we turn our hearts to Jesus, our dreams align with His, and things just start to make sense.

So follow your dreams! Wake up early to write, stay up late to study. Do whatever you need to follow your heart. Let us not forget the significance of every moment and the importance of every experience. Let us not forget to rest in the truth that God is in control. He goes before us, and is leading us right where we are meant to be.