Dreams, we all have them. We all dream about them (see what I did there😉?), but I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams, gifts, calling. How they all weave in together.
The definition of a dream is to contemplate the possibility of doing something. To dream is to conceive an idea, a goal, or something you long to do.
The definition of a gift is a natural ability or talent. To have a gift in something is the ability to be able to do something natural, it doesn’t take a lot of effort or practice to be good at it.
The definition of a calling is a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation.
We tell our friends to dream big dreams, to have bold dreams, and to go after our desires. But is that the right thing to do? I watched the Pelé documentary as he ended up becoming the youngest player at the age of 16 to play in the Fifa World Cup back in 1958. But what was so different about his dream vs. his friend’s dream?
Back then (or even now) kids in Brazil dream of playing soccer for Brazil. But why Pelé? Did he have a calling, a gift, to do what others didn’t? Did he cultivate his gift through dedication and work? What set him apart?
What is different in Pelé’s dream vs. someone who’s tried out on American Idol (but yet doesn’t have the gift to sing). Do you see where I am going here?
I believe God gives us dreams and gifts to walk out our calling.
After really thinking about dreams, I do believe not all dreams are forever. I also think you can have many different dreams, and that not all of them will come to past.
But what about gifts vs. calling? Passion vs. Purpose? Steve Harvey said this that struck a chord with me… “Your career is what you paid for; your calling is what you’re made for.”
When I think about calling, I think of a sense of purpose. Your calling will be what kind of legacy you leave behind, right? Out of your dreams, gifts, and or calling, your calling will always be more significant.
There is a 20 second (28 seconds to be exact) video that you NEED to watch. Pastor Jeremy says this in this little clip…”Gifts are cultivated through practice. A calling is cultivated through prayer.”
I think all three of them tie in together. I believe God can give us a dream, can equip us with the gift, to live out our calling.
My dream has always been to have some clothing line. I always dreamed about being a fashion designer. I know God has given me a gift for fashion, and I know he will use my calling in the middle of fashion. Now, to be honest, I am not sure where or how my calling comes into place with fashion. But I am positioning myself for when that time comes.
I would have never imagined being where I am today with my blog. Doing what I am doing today, working with brands like Lexus, and being able to drive such a fancy car. It is a dream come true.
I pinch myself that I get to do what I do (side note: thank you guys, to those who read every blog post, who comment, and who come back. Uptown wouldn’t be where it is without you guys!)
I share my little snippet because there was a time that I didn’t think I was qualified, I didn’t think I would be where I am today. But God. Y’all I didn’t know what I was doing when I started this blog. Three years later, here we are.
When you think you are unqualified, God will qualify you, when you feel like you have nothing left, let God do the rest. And lastly, when you have no dreams, ask God to give you one.
Photos by Karina Santos
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