We are people with the gift of hope and the capacity to dream. The minute we stop dreaming is the moment we begin the process of death. So share your answer to this question:
What is one of your dreams you want to pursue in your life?
I’m 38. Married over 12 years. 3 children. Planted two churches. Currently pastoring my dream church. Love the cafe and music venue. I’ve taken plenty of “risks” in my life but “the fear” never gets old. I feel like I constantly wrestle with ‘fear.’ In fact, I think this thing called “the fear” is actually growing in my life. It’s getting worse.
Maybe, it’s because I feel like I have so much more to lose. When I was single and roaming around the country all alone in my VW Bug or Toyota Camry, taking risks was really no big deal. But now, I’ve got stuff, mortgages, car payments, kids, a wife, a staff, a $5000 espresso machine, responsibilities, hair products to carry, etc.
My temptation is to settle, be comfortable, enjoy my blessings, grow old, and talk about the things I’ve done to make myself feel good and then die a pleasant death. The problem is that God isn’t done with any of us yet. He’s certainly not done with Minhee and I. God is again reminding me to resist a life of complacency but to be faithful to Him. Even while I enjoy my life in Seattle, I don’t want to live a settled live.
What am I afraid of? It changes but it’s usually one of these suckers: failure, success, criticism, pain, struggles, hard work, sacrifice, uncertainty, trust over my family, and the list goes on…
How about you? What are you afraid of? What prevents you from pursuing your dreams and convictions?
I read somewhere that there are 366 instances of the variations of “Do not be afraid…” or “Do not fear” in the Scriptures. Here are some of my favorites:
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
And this story from John 6:16-19 still deeply challenges me:
When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”
If you are the praying type, please remember me in your prayers: Pray for courage and faith. I want to keep dreaming, pursuing…I want to jump.
[pics from South Africa by Dave S.]