Sunday, February 24, 2013

Lessons from Tangled

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?

6 comments:

Sierra said...

I loved this post! Great analogy and challenge. I will attempt and do my best to make my dream come true. Writing is scary and hard...but it's pretty fun too! Don't you just adore the part where Flynn says he doesn't sing?? :P Sierra
Keep growing beautiful!

Betsy St. Amant said...

Yes! hehehe. Such a great movie :)

I believe in ya, girl. Keep going.

God's Daughter said...

Love this post!
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Crystal Walton said...

It's amazing how easily that dream in our hearts can be stolen. Somehow, the naysayers are easier to believe; the odds against us are easier to accept; & the view from our natural eyes is easier to see than the view from eyes of faith. But you nailed it. All of that may be true in our own strength. But in God's strength, that distant dream can become a reality.

Nakiso Mgodi said...

For a long time I have found it easier to choose the easy road and give up on my dreams but it's at that time I'm about to give up that God shows me that dream again. I struggle a lot with negativity and I believe anything anyone says to me and as a result I have lost faith in myself but I'm now willing to take the risk. I'm willing to chase after my dreams because God's grace will never take you where it can't protect you. I'm so scared if failing and allowing the naysayers to be right in their predictions but hey what do I have to lose we serve an amazing God and hse is not always going to show us the picture of where we are going but will we dare allow him to make the unknown work out in our lives?

Dixie n Dottie said...

Love that movie! Who knew that such a great truth would come from it? I never thought of that song that way. Very encouraging! Thank you! :)
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