Look at this. Look at this! Sure, it’s just a short tap dance, but think about what it stands for. This man is a tap dancer, in a time where the media does not focus on tap dancers like it used to. But La La Land came out, a movie musical with tap dancing. And now this man is tap dancing, following his dream, and doing an excellent job at it. The message of La La Land is for all these dreamers to keep dreaming. But not only to dream, but to work for your dream. Skills like these should not be overlooked. So many films these days are just too intense or serious, but with little work for the performance. Where are the hours of dedication? This man sure as the sun did not learn tap dancing that day. He was probably practicing it for years, or weeks at the very least (not this particular number of course, this was improvised). But that’s just the point! He developed his skill to the point where he could improvise and still look good! Slowly, this kind of live talent is shifting back into popularity. But, even with the success of Hamilton, not everyone knows about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s impressive ability for rap improv. Skills like these take time, and the products should be highly praised. It’s a building process. Thank you, La La Land.
Don’t put a deadline on your happiness, set goals with the intention of meeting them at some point, whether that is sooner or later. The minute you tell yourself you have to meet a goal by a set date you lose focus on what you are truly trying to achieve, you’ll become frantic about the issue. Life has a way of throwing obstacles which can hinder what you want, don’t let this intervene. You’ll always have the fire in your bones to achieve what you want, never give up, never give in, keep pursuing your dreams.
To the dreamers out there: keep dreaming. Keep making things and coming up with things that you can use to bring glory to God. You might not see every dream or every aspect of your dream come to fruition when you think it will, but remember that what you create for the Lord is not in vain.
every blog post or poem you write,
every stroke of your paint brush,
every original song you sing,
every encouraging post you share on social media…
Whatever it is, what you do for the Lord is NOT in vain! He sees you and is pleased when you use your gifts, skills, and talents for Him.
Even if you’re not the creative type, there are gifts and skills that God has given you, too! You don’t have to be artsy or creative to dream about doing things that are bigger than you! Whether you’re an attorney, a nurse, a police officer, or an accountant you too can create opportunities to serve God with your gifts at work, at church, and in your community.
Sometimes, you might feel intimidated or fearful about dreaming too big. Maybe you would really love to see a small group at your job but you’re not sure if the company will go for it. Maybe you want to get more involved with a non-profit but you don’t think you’re skilled enough….but if what’s on your heart feels bigger than you, then great. Why? Because God has been in the business of calling His children to things that are bigger than them since the beginning of time. Wherever He puts you, there will undoubtedly be challenges and there will be times when you want to give up, but keep the faith because you know why you’re doing this and who you’re doing it for: The Lord. God always sees you…even when you’re dreaming and it pleases Him when you do what you do for Him!
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. - 1 Corinthians 15:58
Words by @morganhnichols for #QWCDevos
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