Every kid has their dreams. Some people want to be astronauts or princesses or spies when they grow up, but not me. I wanted to be a pioneer! I wanted to raise a garden in a log cabin in Wisconsin, then sit on a balcony overlooking the woods and enjoy blueberry muffins and hot chocolate. I wanted to write books and raise kids. And one particular day, I remember thinking, "When I grow up, I'm going to have long hair, and braid it every day!"
And then a voice spoke to my heart and said, "You don't have to wait until you grow up."
I've taken that voice and ran with it since then. My hair is braided more often than not, and even though I live in Texas rather than Wisconsin, I still enjoy taking hikes in the nearby woods. I have a container garden. I don't really eat blueberry muffins or drink hot chocolate, but every once in a while I make chocolate no-bake cookies. I crochet, I write, and I read my Bible.
I wish everyone knew that they didn't have to wait until X happened. You don't have to wait until you graduate to start pursuing your goals. You don't have to be perfect before you start ministering to people. If you want to homeschool your kids, do it now! You don't need a teaching degree!
At the very least, don't stop people like me from achieving our dreams. I've heard too many people tell children and teenagers (especially over the internet), "You don't know what you're doing. Get some life experience." You know what, we have a dream. And we might be trying in the worst possible way to reach that dream. We probably don't know what we're doing! We need someone to teach us, not tell us we're a failure before we even start. And if we decide halfway through that we picked the wrong dream to follow, don't look down on us. We haven't even graduated high school yet; at least we got one wrong career choice out of the way before we pick our college major.
Do you need a spark of encouragement so you can reach your dreams? Or are you the person you've wanted to be since you were a kid? I'd love to hear your stories in the comments below! God bless you, dear reader, and don't forget to like our Facebook page--or check back with us next week. I'll be posting a very special interview!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.