Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to take a trip to Narnia.
Ok...so maybe it wasn't actually C.S. Lewis' fictional kingdom behind the walls of the wardrobe, but I did get to utilize the Narnia Room at the Willamette Writer's Dream House in West Linn, Oregon. This is a place of intentionality for writers, dreamers, and thinkers. With a map of Narnia and a photograph of Clive Staples looking down on me, I entered the wonderful world of writing and spent the day in solitude.
In our culture, we're easily distracted by alluring forms of entertainment and endless problems that swirl around us. We have to work hard in order to create intentional space for dreams and callings. Whether it's writing a book, praying, or exploring nature, intentional planning for such things is essential.
Personally, I have to schedule a specific time and setting that will facilitate the creative process. otherwise, another week, another month, and another year will go by, and I will have walked in circles.
We each have different dreams and goals. For some of us, it's art. For others, it's being in nature. In the movie Chariots of Fire, Olympic runner Eric Liddell says, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
What makes you come alive? What breathes life into your soul?
Some of us like noise around us, while some of us like complete quiet. Whatever you are called to do, carve out dedicated time and space to do what you love.
Where is your Narnia? Where is that coffee shop, that garden, that mountain trail? Where can you go to spend dedicated time on the things that make you come alive? I encourage you to visit there soon.