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Are You Pursuing a Dream Worth Living For?

Are You Pursuing a Dream Worth Living For?

Over the past two months, I’ve grappled with the idea of launching my business. I dedicated my time to researching and preparing to establish a branding and marketing enterprise. In the midst of finalizing a 24-page graphically designed business plan, I awoke in the middle of the night, gripped by fear. It wasn’t the inevitable challenges of starting a business that unsettled me. Nor was it my lack of experience or my sometimes overly optimistic and unrealistic mindset. Instead, as I confronted the internal and external battles that lay ahead, I realized that I was preparing to face significant challenges for a business that I could do, but didn’t truly love.

While I find satisfaction in website development, graphic design, branding, and helping others shape their stories, my true passion lies in creating my own narratives. There are countless creative dreams I long to bring to life, and that is the driving force behind Freedom Story Media. While Freedom Story Brand Design could yield fulfillment for me and substantial benefits for nonprofits, it wouldn’t fulfill my deepest aspirations. As my next birthday approaches, less than a month away, I recognize that time is finite for all of us. If I’m going to confront formidable challenges and plunge headfirst into the entrepreneurial realm, I want to do so while pursuing the business I envisioned creating several years ago.

This brings me to a question we all must answer for ourselves each season and each day: It’s not…Will this life, this venture, this project bring challenges? Every worthwhile endeavor comes with its share of obstacles. The real question is: Which initiative is significant and vital enough to warrant facing those challenges?

Yesterday, I celebrated my daughter’s trip to the thrift store. At first glance, this might seem trivial. However, what you may not know is that, like many her age in this post-COVID world, she has grappled with anxiety that has prevented her from engaging in activities that my generation might consider normal or easy. At 19 years old, she struggles to do things without her mother or father. Yet, in preparation for a weekend with a friend for their birthday, she was determined to find the outfit she desired. For her, venturing out alone felt like an insurmountable challenge. When she realized that both my wife and I were occupied and couldn’t accompany her, she bravely faced the terror of going alone in pursuit of new clothes, even if they were simply “new to her.”

I found myself prouder of her for venturing out despite her trembling and tears than I was of the straight A’s she achieved throughout her entire second semester of college. She learned, as I hope we all do, that with the right motivation, we can accomplish the most daunting tasks. So, I ask you: Are you pursuing the dream that is worth living for? Are you following the calling that God has placed on your heart? Are you willing to put yourself out there, take risks, and make mistakes on your journey to achieve what only you were meant to achieve?

My deepest desire is that you are. Assisting you in pursuing that dream is a significant part of why the Ordered Chaos Club exists. It is for Christian creators and innovators like you. Let’s band together and create the future that we believe we were made for.

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