Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Why don't you?

One of my favorite quotes is "the dream would have never been presented to you if the reality weren't a possibility."

If it's in your head, if it's a flicker, it if brings butterflies to your stomach or a smile to your face, you need to pursue it.
That dream has possibility. Give it wings.

But we get scared.
"That's too crazy. That could never work. Way too far-fetched. Someone else could make that happen, but not me. Not with my life, my finances, my situation, my circumstances. I'm not capable. There's just no way."

But you won't know if you never try.
Is it scary? Heck yeah!! Terrifying? Even better. That means you're on to something.
Your gut knows you can and should, but your brain is saying, "whoa Nelly... you just need to back off that crazy-talk right about now. Let's all just settle down here."
But that brain - always boring. Always a buzzkill. What does it know anyway?

Your gut, your heart, knows your deepest desires. It knows your true possibility. It knows what you're capable of. It wants you be wild and free. It wants you to be satisfied and fulfilled. It wants you to live on the edge sometimes. It knows that's where growth and reward happen.

Psalm 20:4 - May he give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Now, does that mean we just run full force into the great wide-open, arms flailing, without any known destination? Probably not.
Do we jump from a plane, free falling, with no parachute? NO! We have to have a plan. We have a target. We have preparation and training. We study possibilities and outcomes and get ready. Then, we jump. Don't think you can wait until you're "completely ready" because that will never happen. I promise. Steady yourself, ready yourself as much as possible, then just do it. It will take faith, but the reward is worth it.

A few years ago, some of you might remember, I went to Nicaragua on a mission trip with a team of people I'd never met. It's one of the biggest leaps of faith I've ever taken in my life. I'm painfully shy at times, an introvert, and had lived a life of safety. Boring, frustrating safety. I always knew I wanted more and was capable of more, but had always been too fearful to try anything. I was absolutely terrified, but I knew my life was meant to be more than just the comfortable confines of my pretty North American walls. I knew that God would pull me through it, because he had presented it to me and poked at me until I could no longer ignore it. He has a way of poking at us, with those recurring thoughts and dreams.

I planned and prepared. I studied. I asked 82,395 questions, some of them repeatedly. I learned what I could, then I took the leap and dove in. And guess what? All of my planning was useless. It was nothing like I expected or prepared for. Maybe 3 of my questions turned out to be applicable. It was so much different and so much better! And that's where the growth comes, from pushing yourself far beyond what you could imagine.

We are not meant to know everything. We are meant to try and fail, then try again, fail again, then try more, sometimes try something different, learning and growing every step of the way. How boring would life be if we knew everything in advance? God designed this wild adventure this way for a reason.

If you want an extraordinary fulfilling life, you must participate. You must take risks and do the scary things. You must have faith that God will see you through. He has already prepared you in ways you're unaware of. He's already planned the lessons you'll learn and growth you'll experience. Trust him. 

The dream would have never been presented if the reality weren't a possibility.

1 comment:

Rustown Mom said...

I was wondering where you had gotten to! What a burden it would be to know too much, right?