I posted last week on my personal blog "Do You Have a Dream?" (www.betsy-ann.blogspot.com) and shared the video from the movie Tangled that plays that song - you know, the one where the big burly men are singing and swinging from the rafters about dreams and love and baking and collectibles :)
If the big guy with a hook really wants to be a concert pianist, well...you have to admit, you have a dream too. If HE does...don't you?
Sometimes I think we kill our dreams for the same reasons those cartoon characters did. It doesn't fit the persona we've built. Doesn't match our reputation or atleast the one we'd like to have (That hobby is nerdy! I can't do that!). Or maybe like some of the other guys, we're scared of failure. (I could never make that happen!) We're afraid to trust the dreams God put in our hearts could ever come to pass. Or maybe its vivce versa. We're afraid they WILL come to pass and we won't be able to handle it. That we'll be a one hit wonder (any authors ever felt that way?!)
Whatever the reason you harbor, I think it's time to kill the excuse and revive the dream. Quit shooting down your dreams and go for it. Strive for your dreams - in the Lord. NOT on your own strength. We also have to remember His timing is perfect, and ours is, well...wrong. No one said it'd be easy - but isn't it worth it?
The way I see it - if you don't try, you're guaranteed to fail.
When I first decided I wanted to take my writing to the next level and actually be published one day, I had to work hard. I had to put myself out there and try. If I didn't ever send a manuscript to publishers or agents, then I was sealing my own negative fate. The death of my own dream. Yeah, I got rejections. Yes, it stung.
But now, through the grace of God and the gift and desires He's given me, my tenth traditionally published novel releases this Fall :)
I had to try. Will you try?