Imagine you are a thirty-something with a college degree. You have been working in your field of study since you took off your cap and gown and gained your credentials. Your student loans are just about paid off. Life is good.
But something else burns in your core, something that seems so little but at the same time fills you with more joy than you could ever imagine.
Whenever there is a potluck at work, you bake a cake. Birthdays? Folks request your cakes. From baby showers to bar mitzvahs those who know you want you to bake them a cake!
What’s more, is you love to do so. But what about your 9 to 5 job? The same fulfillment you had there is waning and the drive and dream to bake consume your thoughts. You’ve prayed and prayed for the Lord to give you direction and all you keep seeing is more cake; more designs, more recipes, and ideas to build your own cake company.
But it’s just cake, you think to yourself. What impact and contribution can you make in the world and the Kingdom of God by making cakes?
Still uncertain of the power of your powdered-sugar dream, still thinking its nothing more than a nagging hobby, you begin to expand your reach. Orders start coming in, to the point you have to up your marketing and hire part-time help.
Business is doing okay, you are enjoying yourself but there seems to be something missing.
A friend from church in passing tells you that they are in need of a program that helps give inmates in transition from prison life to life beyond bars skills. They ask you if you have any ideas.
You offer a simple pound cake recipe for them to learn how to bake and sell which brings awareness to the program, helping inmates learn life skills, earn money, and a sense of self-worth and dignity from their efforts.
In the meantime, you become more involved with the prison ministry and with the wisdom and knowledge from your degree, begin to help it expand from county to state, while your main cake making program grows and even advertises its involvement with the prison ministry.
Over the course of five years, the fledgling prison ministry is showing success helping former inmates transition back into their communities. Lives are changed, souls are saved, families are healed…and it all started with a cake.
EVERY ONE HAS SOMETHING OF USE NO MATTER HOW SMALL IT SEEMS
Does this sound too good to be true? Well, here is the thing. Even though this story is fiction, there are many like it that mirror the same thread of how the Lord took a talent, a desire, something seemingly small and used it to change the lives of many for His glory!
With Moses, it was a shepherd’s staff (EXODUS 4:1-5), David it was a slingshot and five stones in addition to an obedient servant’s heart to deliver bread and cheese (I SAM. 17). With Peter it was an empty fishing boat (LUKE 5:1-10), or even Tabitha (ACTS 9:36-42).
There are even others today who are using their talents today to make an impact in the world and the Kingdom of God with other things that seemed as simple as cake!
CHRIST GAVE YOU THE SEED AND A DREAM FOR A REASON
Whatever the seed is inside of you, the dream that keeps playing over in your heart and mind even while you are awake is there for a reason and the Lord wants you to pursue it!
This month’s series, HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM is all about giving each of us the starting steps and encouragement we need to do just that.
Stay tuned for Part 1 coming up next week!
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!