Time Is Too Short Not To Follow Your Dream

Time Is Too Short
Not To
Follow Your Dreams


Last week,
one of the founding members of 

my home group died.

Perhaps you remember reading about him?

This man…
Picture of health.
Hard working.
Lover of Jesus.
Lover of people.
Everybody’s best friend.

Heart attack.

Girls, I gotta tell you,
it rattled me.

I don’t presume to know what God is up to here.
That might be another blog.

What struck me was this.
John was about 5 years younger than me.

What if I had died 5 years ago?
What would have gone undone?

I wouldn’t have seen Jake graduate
from college as a Mechanical Engineer.
I would have missed Eli and Kym’s wedding.

Motivational speakers
tell you to visualize the future
as an incentive to propel yourself
into your destiny.

Isn’t it just as important
to review the past

to see what you
would have missed?

Five years ago,
I was a full-time mom and wife.
I volunteered to teach Bible Study at my little church.
I was working part-time at a dental office.

No regrets
about that season of my life.

But, had I died 5 years ago,
I would have missed the opportunity to
shine God’s truth
on life’s hard questions
for thousands of women.

My book, The Widow Wore Pink
would not be in your hand.

If I had died 5 years ago,
I believe Jesus would have said,
“Well done, Robyn.”

But I would have missed you.

What about your last 5 years?
What would you have missed?

Maybe you’re still young and bulletproof.
Your whole life is stretching in front of you.
You have big dreams and lots of energy.

Be all in!

Maybe you’re in the middle … and life is a full-time job.
You’re in a season of seconds,
when every moment screams for your attention.
Every tick of the clock needs to be accounted for
as you juggle kids and work
and husbands and laundry.

Maybe your season of life
feels like a tide of ebbing and filling.
Work deadlines and insurance payments
are juggled around taking care of parents and bosses
and trips to the doctor and
trying to stay engaged with the news.

Or, your pace is slowing down.
It feels like you’re coasting to the finish line,
and yet,
You wonder if there could be more.

There might be!

Maybe a little dream is pushing its way
into your thoughts and imagination.

The lie of the enemy whispers that it’s too late for you.
He’d like you think you’re too old,
too worn out,
or too inexperienced.

He wants you to
forget about changing your corner the world.

Shut the lies of the enemy down.

As long as you are
upright and taking oxygen,
there is time for you
to make a difference.

There is time
to follow your dream.

To write the book or
take the trip or
start the business or
adopt the baby or
attend the Olympics or
learn to cook or
get out of debt
or run with the bulls
or paint a masterpiece.

As you look back over your last 5 years,
what did you experience or accomplish?
Whose life did you impact?
What wisdom did you glean or dispense?

The Bible says life rolls in seasons.

There is a season to be childlike.
There is a season of seconds.
There is a season for working like mad
and a season for resting.

But, the canopy
covering all our seasons
is to live fully for Jesus.

What are you going to do
to make the next 5 years really count?

Time Is Too Short
Not To
Follow Your Dreams

I’m all in for the next 5!

As long as I have breath,
I’ll be looking for ways to
live as fully as my home group leader did.

What have you done with the past five years?
What will you do with the next five?
Will you be all in?



  1. Tammy on February 24, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I’ve been baptized and got to see 2 of my kids be baptized. I’ve got 2 grandbabies and I’m training to run a half marathon and the 5/3rd river bank run 25k! I am not believing lies from the enemy. I can do this!
    Oh also went on 3 mission trips to Costa Rica and I’m going back in a week! I can’t wait to be reunited with them!

    • Robyn Dykstra on February 24, 2017 at 4:03 am

      Woo Woo, you go Girl. So proud of you!

  2. Wendi on February 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you for your blog, Robyn!! This post came at just the right time. Yesterday, I was praying and an idea for a business came to me. I’m not sure how God will work it all out, but I know He will. You are so right about the enemy telling us—screaming at us—-it’s not going to work, you’re a failure, you’re not good enough, you’re too old-tall, fat, skinny, dumb-whatever! It’s exhausting listening to his lies! Sometimes, we have to step out in faith and know that God will meet us where we are and guide us along the way. God’s brightest blessings to your beautiful self and your handsome hubby! (You spoke at our Ladies Tea-JNDC)–Thank You, Again!!
    Biblegateway-Verse of the Day 2/24/17-(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

  3. Dawn Twyman on February 28, 2017 at 1:44 am

    I certainly struggle with this one. The past 5 years I have wanted or maybe yearned to start a program for single and/or teen moms. The enemy has reminded me of all my short comings and thrown financial roadblocks as well as emotional roadblocks my way. I have recently heard that calling stronger than ever however, I have no idea where to start. I know God only wants me to step out on faith but the lies of the enemy are deafening.

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