I decided to interview a few of my friends about who they are and their dreams. My first dreamer that I will be featuring is a great friend, Ryan Cirkles.
What were your childhood dreams for your adult life?
It would be easier to give a list of things I didn’t dream of becoming. In my formative years I cycled through desires of being a professional in just about every part of the sports world. My formative years would prove to be inadequate in their production, leaving me far too small to continue in this path. Adolescence would see me delve into passions including, but not limited to, roller coaster design, the culinary arts, and crime scene detective.
Now that you are an adult, are you childhood dreams close to your life now? What do you do professionally? Or are you a Student?
I’m not sure my life could be further from what I dreamed. I am not a star in any sense. You won’t see me on ESPN any time soon. I don’t solve crimes. (At least, not as my day job. I’m pretty impressive when it comes to detective shows on Netflix).
Am I bummed? Not a bit. Life has a way of leading you to something that matters. When I truly surrendered to Jesus as Lord, He showed me that a life given to others was far more satisfying. He would know. I’m in full-time ministry and plan to be, in some capacity, for the rest of my life.
What are you passionate about?
I love seeing people encounter the heart of the Father God. My entire life my dreams, my focus, and my perspective – changed when I first heard the words, “I believe in you.” That love cannot be stopped. A person shown that love is empowered beyond rational thought.
The love of the Father says, “Nothing you can do can change what I know about you and nothing I know about you can change what I still see in you.” I will give my life to propagate this love to every person, place, or space that I have the privilege of knowing.
Are there any particular causes or issues you desire to or currently advocate for?
I want all people to come to know the Father’s love. I believe that one of the most effective ways is for people to know the love of A father. I long to see all spiritual and natural orphans find a family. In whatever way I can, whether through prayer, finances, taking part in adoption personally, or as Jesus opens opportunities for personal involvement in these areas, I will give my life to adoption because I believe it is the Father’s plan.
Is it hard to keep believing in your dream when you don’t see any results?
A dream, unfortunately, is ultimately birthed out of a desired end. It can take us a while to realize that the real enjoyment is in the means to that end. Those means take a lot of trust. In our minds we don’t see results, but the only result that we would recognize is the finished product.
God drops a dream into a person’s heart. He shows us a glimpse. He uploads his passion and compassion for this idea, project, or Kingdom reality into us. He shows us the end, but we assume that this sneak peak IS the dream. In reality, He’s building and accomplishing the dream in us daily. He holds the blueprints. We only saw the artist’s rendering of the finished copy.
This is why we write down the end goal. We make the vision plain. We write every note that he whispers about that dream as time goes by. We’ll see as we look back at these steps and moments that there was NEVER a time that He wasn’t working on our behalf. We’ll learn that, just as it was His dream to begin with, it was His dream to work in us, not ours to build alone.
Describe the moment you knew without a shadow of a doubt that this (whatever your “this” is) was what you were born to do.
God had really been taking me on a journey through the idea and identity of sonship in my first year as a student at Texas Bible Institute. He had so affirmed me as His son. I knew that He would always be everything I would need. I felt safe. I was taken care of. I could not step out of His love. I could not change what Jesus had done. I was at an event, surrounded by 2 or 3 young men that I had really grown to love and believe in. We were worshiping and as I looked at them I believe I heard the Holy Spirit speak clearly, “You will make copies.” I would love to say that in an act of great obedience that I high-tailed it to the nearest Kinko’s, but my fervor was still growing.
This was a good thing because, as it turned out, God wasn’t wanting me to make copies in a literal since. He began to show me that this identity I’d grown so strong in was His heart for everyone. He wanted me to duplicate this in others. I would give them the truth of sonship and, as a result, I would learn to be a Father.
What does it mean for you to intentionally live your life for Christ?
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.(Philippians 3:1-3 NLT)”
It is important to note, when you have decided to surrender your life to Christ, that your life is no longer of earthly import. This should not cause sorrow. It is not that a person’s life no longer matters. On the contrary, the effect of that life has increased in innumerable measure. That life has been ridden of vane, shallow meaning and has been opened to eternal purpose. How does this relate to daily life?
“14 Either way, Christ’s love controls us.[c] Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.[d] 15 He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.(2 Corinthians 5:14-16 NLT)”
Christ has been revealed to me. Everything has changed. I know that there is more now. It is my job to allow the Holy Spirit to continually point all I do and every person I see to Jesus. Everything is now spiritual in some context. This isn’t an extra burden to add to our mental checklist. It isn’t our responsibility. It is the privilege that Jesus Himself invites us into. It is His work. He asks us to join in and see miracles on a DAILY basis, “not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit.(Zechariah 4:6)
Ryan has been faithfully serving in church ministry for 12 years. Ryan is a worship leader and operations manager at Believers World Outreach Church in Katy, Texas, as well as an aspiring Netflix sleuth, citing BBC’s Sherlock as the bulk of his experience in the field. He has dedicated his life to seeing people come to know the love of the Father God that he has so gratefully received himself. He also has a strong desire to visit Iceland. Who wouldn’t?
Follow Ryan on Twitter and Instagram: @cirkles
Everyone has dreams. What are yours? Comment below!