Imagine this: You and I are training together, similar to that iconic scene from the movie Rocky. The theme song is blaring as we run around town in a really long montage of us flipping tires, boxing, and pretending the floor is lava. Kids and unicorns are running behind us because we’re freakin’ legends (or so we think). You’re wearing a two-piece gray tracksuit, and I’m in my elephant jammies because… well, it just seems right. The music peaks as we sprint-stumble up the steps of that fancy building. Time slows, we face one another, and… you’re now mentally pumped to embrace what I’m about to say.
God is not writing a boring, unadventurous story for your life. On the other hand, he doesn’t want you to awkwardly strive to win people’s praise. We live somewhere between grit and grace, learning how to live with purpose in our careers, side hustles, and callings. From the time humanity fell into sinful rebellion by ignoring God’s voice, our work has been a struggle (Genesis 3:17-19). The great news of the gospel is that Christ redeems the broken things.
Your adventurous life isn’t a storybook quest to slay dragons or to achieve fist-pumping triumphs; it’s a real battle against the enemy of your soul as you learn to embrace the victory that Christ already won. Are you ready to train up and run with endurance, eyes fixed forward on Jesus? Even in our moments of monotony or deep suffering, God speaks, awakening adventure as we follow Him toward a life of freedom, purpose, and bravery.
He’s inspiring you to tackle that book idea. He’s inviting you to be His voice of reconciliation in a season of division and hate. He’s empowering you to teach others, create, motivate, challenge societal norms, form that nonprofit, adopt, start that business, pursue that passion project, birth something new, or [fill in the blank]. God doesn’t want you to be silent but to steward the resources and life He’s given you.
It’s not time to shrink back; it’s time to show up… boxing gloves and all!
Lord, May Your dreams become mine. I don’t ever want to dream to gain status or to feel significant. I’m sorry for the times I dove into selfish or shallow ambition outside Your will. Help me to follow You more and pursue my plans less. I want to dream because I’m beginning to hear You inviting me to stand in holy places. In these places, You transform buried potential into beautiful possibilities.
Equip me for the BIG dreams that others reject because they feel intimating.
Embolden my spirit.
Equip me for the smaller dreams that I often
reject because they feel insignificant.
Embolden my spirit.
Help me to steward my life honorably, and
teach me how to live on purpose.
I believe You are an all-knowing, all-powerful God who will empower me to step boldly into areas I have yet to recognize. I dream because You’re a God who brings redemption to the broken, paints the darkness with light, and breathes life into my lungs. I know that You have yet to say “Well done.” How can I commune with You and not contend for the things You’ve invited me to? As Your dreams flood my mind, will You help me to fully embrace them in my heart?
Above all else, may I trust You. Turn my acts of obedience into acts of worship because You’re worthy. I dream, not to be seen but to see You more clearly. Use me for Your glory and for the good of others. Help me to give You all the praise.
In Jesus’s name,
The above excerpt is from the new book Dream Come True: A Practical Guide to Pursue the Adventures God Has for You by Jenny Randle.
Jenny is a speaker, author, and Emmy®-winning video editor who has served in ministry and worked in the entertainment, publishing, and creative industries for more than fifteen years. With her unique personal story and creative-ninja-like ways, she inspires, encourages, and equips others to understand their God-given identity and purpose.
Jenny and her husband, Matt, founded Freedom Creatives, empowering creatives in the art of living a transformed life in Christ. They live in Florida with their two kids, where they enjoy strawberry gummies and spontaneous dance parties. For more information or creative inspiration, visit jennyrandle.com.