Why Your Dreams Matter
- Tuesday, June 13, 2006
I took my 8-year-old daughter to the fourth annual dance recital yesterday of a group of young ladies we've watched grow over the years from pre-adolescence into young adulthood.
The nine members of the Barfield & Company Dancers are now high school juniors through college seniors. My family has attended three of their four recitals to support their commitment and the vision of the group's founder, Letishia Barfield. I also considered the recitals an opportunity to show my daughter (and son) another means of artistic expression.
As expected, the girls danced beautifully in liturgical and contemporary sets. However, this year's recital was all the more poignant because the group's founder, LeTishia, wasn't there to mentor, guide and lead them to success.
She died unexpectedly about six months ago, leaving behind her husand and two beautiful daughters, who dance with the company. Rather than folding when Tish left this earth, the girls decided to dance on in her memory.
Tish was passionate about dance. She led dance ministries at a couple of area churches in addition to establishing her own company. When she danced, she seemed to be rejoicing with the angels.
As I watched her daughters and the other young ladies glide across the stage with precision and grace yesterday, I couldn't help but utter a prayer of thanks that Tish had found the time, the energy and the faith to live her dream.
Rather than focusing solely on her career and raising her family (both very worthwhile and legitimate endeavors), she reached beyond her comfort zone to make the vision she'd always held a reality.
Her dream led her to share her passion with others. Her dream allowed her to teach, mold and deeply touch the lives of impressionable young ladies who found in her a mother, friend and loving taskmaster pushing them to excellence.
Because she graced their lives, they are better people. So are those of us who had the opportunity to witness their efforts from the audience.
Who are you here to bless?
Whatever you are called to do, don't delay. Whatever dreams you are harboring, find a way to live them.
What God has placed inside of you may be the very gift He wants to use to lead someone else to pursue their purpose.
In God's grand design, the gifts and talents He gave us were always meant to bless others. In blessing others, we, in turn, are blessed. Most importantly, our lives are pleasing to God.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23)
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