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08 May 2008 @ 12:42 pm

A dream: an aspiration; goal; aim

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character." 
--Henry David Thoreau
"There is nothing like a dream to create the future."  --Victor Hugo
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."  --Edgar Allan Poe

So, I've been praying, trying to figure out what ideas in my head are truly dreams of mine.  Here is a list of aspirations that I would love to attain before my time on earth comes to an end (in no particular order of importance).

-Get married.  The idea of sharing the adventure of life with a like-minded person is very appealling to me.  I don't particularly enjoy doing thing alone and have found that the support of another is quite important on the journey, as it says in Ecc. 4:9-12.  (btw, this verse is one of the reasons I don't want a diamond ring, but a simple braided band.  I like the symbolism).
-Adopt a least one child.  Costly, yes, but there is a great need, it fulfills James 1:27, and is picture of God adopting us.
-Travel.  The best way to learn about people and their culture is to go.  I would love to backpack around Europe, visit all 50 states, and serve on short-term mission trips to several places in South America, Africa, and India.
-Become fluent in Spanish.  I love the sound of the language and the people that speak it... and it's a useful skill in America now.
-Record a CD of songs I've written.  Just for fun, really.  Music plays an important role in my life.  I'm not the most talented musician or songwriter, but I would like to share things on my heart with family and friends.  
-Make a difference.  In the end, I really just want to know that I have lived my life helping others have a better life through Love in action.

I'm not sure if or how this helps me figure out the next step in my life, but it's a start... 

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