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chasing dreams

“Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.”

Mark Batterson


Today’s post is a little nerve-wracking for me. Not because I’m going to share something scandalous or polarizing, but because I’m going to share a big, scary dream of mine. Chasing this dream makes me feel nervous, excited, and courageous all at once.


I want to become an author.


I want to write books. I want to encourage men and women in their walk with the Lord in a relatable, kind way. To some of you, this dream may sound easy-peasy to accomplish, but for me, it’s an intimidating, invigorating mountain to climb.


If you’ve ever had a big, scary dream, I’m sure you’ve faced some mental opposition. You know, those voices in your head that nudge you to question yourself, your talents, and your worth. Those nagging voices ask, “Do you really have what it takes?” and “Who are you to chase that dream?”


I am no different, and hear those voices too.


As much as I hate to give him airtime, Satan will do just about anything to take your eyes off of Jesus. He will distract you, tell you you’re not good enough, and lure you into staying in your safe zone. He’ll feed you the easy-to-read narrative that says you need to have it all together before you go all in. He is such a jerk.


Here’s what I’ve learned:


Chasing your dreams is not about who you are or are not – it’s about something much bigger. Chasing your dreams is about obediently following the Lord, who lacks nothing. God will lead you, fuel your heart and mind with truth, and strengthen you as you walk obediently toward Him. When you cling to the promises of Christ, fear takes a back seat to hope.


Every small step of obedience is a win, and each lie you choose to combat with truth is a victory in Heaven.


So, what’s your big, scary dream? What excites you and intimidates you all at once? Every God-given ambition has value.


My hope in sharing my dream is to encourage you to chase yours. You’re not alone, and you don't have to give fear one more minute of your time. Your Heavenly Father is cheering you on, paving a path toward immeasurably more.


Love y’all.


#palmsofjoy


Reflections:

  • Read Romans 8:31-39 this week.

  • Scripture tells us we are more than conquerors through Him. What areas of your life do you need to specifically cling to this truth?

  • Is Satan feeding you lies that you need to rebuke?