“Success is understanding that you are the carrier of dreams, dreams you are responsible to fulfill.”
If there’s any quote that I wake up to and make sure that I read daily is that one. In 2014, I was reading one of my books on success that’s filled with motivational quotes. I came across this quote and it literally changed my way of thinking, daily living, and motives. What does it mean to be the carrier of dreams? It’s a reminder that there’s a purpose for your life and you’re not here on this earth just for you. There are people counting on you to follow your purpose and dreams because you may be the one to unlock theirs. It is our responsibility to help fulfill the dreams of those around us by going after ours. If there is ever a moment where I get lazy I must remind myself that this life that I’m living is not only for me; there are people waiting or watching to see me fail or succeed. Regardless of which one, I’m giving them something to look forward to and I am responsible for every word, action, and decision I make. To know that I could be carrying someone’s dream or someone’s next job opportunity is so heavy and important to me. It keeps me alert and focused so I can see those dreams come to life one day. When I think about this quote, I think of every single person that chased after their dream and are living it right now; Oprah, Tyra Banks, Misty Copeland, Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart, the Obamas, Tyler Perry and more. Due to their commitment, dedication, drive, love, and passion for what they do, they broke barriers and created goals for a new generation to add to their list. That’s what it means to be a carrier of dreams, to walk in your purpose while conquering the storms that come your way. If you can’t conquer the storms during your walk, it will be difficult to see the sunshine afterwards. When we go through a process such as this, we are building a strong foundation for the next dreamer, we are giving the next dreamer hope because we faced our storms. Remember that everything you do, do as if you’re doing it for Lord (Colossians 3:23), do it as if you have a bunch of dreamers waiting on you to unlock their dreams. Again, this life that we are living is not only to please ourselves and to see ourselves succeed. Success is pointless if you don’t share it with others. I’m not there just yet but it’s not too late to start sharing what you do have in this season you’re in.
Young woman, not only do we carry babies but we carry dreams too. Not only do we give birth to babies but we birth dreams too. If you were pregnant, you wouldn’t hold the baby inside your womb after 9 months, at some point you must get into position and push. Push and give birth to your dreams. Nurture it, take care if it, feed it, share it, give it to the Lord, and watch it grow. There is a generation that’s depending on you to push! Your push is equal to their hope. Don’t give up and always be confident. No matter what stage you are in in fulfilling your dreams and purposes; don’t stop…keep going! Don’t get tired of doing good (Galatians 6:9). God will provide you with whatever you need to keep you motivated (Matthew 7:7). If you have any questions on how I stay motivated or ways to stay motivated, leave a comment below. If you don’t know what your purpose is, let’s talk about it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Love you and God bless!
As I think about my life, I always think to myself; “what took me so long to get here?” In those moments I think about the past, or I read my journals from 2013-2015 to see what held me back. I took me a while but all I wanted was freedom…but a different type of freedom. The kind of freedom where I can do what I want without anybody in my business or not having to worry about who's watching me or not. That's the kind of freedom I wanted and that's what I thought freedom was to be honest. For some of you you're probably like “Yea, that is freedom” and in some ways it is but that kind of freedom I would call physical freedom. It is super easy to go out and do what you want when you want to. You're physically free to do so but, is that true freedom? As most people may know, a few months ago, I transitioned out of my church that I practically grew up in. I served the church in many ways and lead ministries. However, I lost myself in serving the church because I didn't understand what it meant to serve Christ. Due to that mindset, I never knew what it meant to be truly free in Christ. I was serving the church in hopes to draw closer to God, instead of putting God first in all that I do. God needed me to serve Him wholeheartedly in the most basic way and that was through His word, prayer, and fasting; not through anything else! Now I can say that I'm experiencing true freedom and I can serve with excellence knowing who I'm doing it for first. I say all this to tell you that true freedom is when you’re no longer a slave to what you'd hoped would fill the emptiness in you but a slave to Christ in which changes the way you serve. True freedom is also KNOWING that you have full unlimited access to God through Jesus Christ. I'm learning that many people are not free and at times are stuck because they feel that freedom should be some obvious public representation so it's known to everyone. Being free is not something you go around showing off; people will see the fruit of your freedom by the way you live. Even if you were to showcase how free you are, are you able to remain free? It is our responsibility to remain free and that means refusing to sin, refusing to serve anything that's keeping you bound, and refusing to lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). The Lord has freed us from sin by sending his son to die on the cross for us and paying the price for our mess that we can never repay. As many of us may know this, why do we still choose to live life as if we are not free? The reason is because it's a choice. You CAN believe and trust in Jesus and when you do that, you are free (Acts 13:38-39). It's all a matter of how much you value your freedom and do you value it enough by making the choice to believe and trust God for it. There's an example from the movie “God's Not Dead” and an old lady who I believed suffered from dementia got a visit from her son in the nursing home. Her son was this prideful successful man who didn't believe in God. Out of the blue she said something profound that shook him. She said “Sometimes the Devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them turning to God. Your sin is like a jail cell except it's nice and comfy and there doesn't seem to be any need to leave. The door is wide open and one day time runs out and the cell door slams shut, suddenly it's too late”. I say to you to choose to walk out the cell door if it's open, choose to experience true freedom in Christ and believe.
Young Women, I pray that you were blessed by this post and I pray that you experience true freedom like I am. Keep pressing in Gods presence and ask Him to reveal to you the things that are keeping you bound and tied up. You don't have to stay and find comfort there. Put your hope in Jesus and trust that He will loosen and break whatever it is that causing you not to experience true freedom. Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7).
My name is Raquel Meraki and I'm a young woman who is on the journey of self discovery and independence.