Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Even if it breaks your heart


So it’s contest season. And that means high hopes—maybe even delusions of grandeur—and the set up.
What is the set up, you ask? It’s something you might understand if you have say, a big brother, a friend who is a practical jokester, or a boss who will never be satisfied. The set up is the potential for our dreams to find the brunt of a serious beating. Regardless of the outcome, when we lay it all out there we set ourselves up for the inevitable effect of gravity.
And I’m not just talking the fall, but also the splat.
Of course, there is always the possibility that you won’t fall. Or splat. Sometimes you fall and land on your feet in a better spot. But if you ever want to fly, well, let’s just say the ledge will never get you there. You gotta leap.
Whether you are riding high on a win, sopping up tears over the devastated remains of your masterpiece, or scratching your noggin over conflicting opinions, your dreams are still in God’s hands.  
Now, having surrendered my work to be tarred and feathered in grand standing public forum several times makes me feel like I have earned a few stripes for courage. And each time you receive a critique or contest scores you may discover that you are developing the coveted “thick skin” you need to take a licking and keep on ticking.
After all, haven’t we all heard those stories about the most successful bestselling authors having collected a stack of rejections navel to nose before someone, the right one, saw that certain spark.
It’s easy to say, “Don’t get discouraged.” And yet, like so many things, It’s not always easy to practice.
Let’s face it, sometimes our weakness wins out. We are human after all. Vulnerable. Sensitive. Soft. I know I am. And if our dreams are stored within these jars of clay, might they also be frail from time to time?
In those times of doubt, it would be easy to let the enemy win. Let him steal our dreams. Taunt us with whispered thoughts of our foolishness and inevitable defeat. We know, without question, that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And still, when we are surrounded by destruction, we think it is God telling us to move on.
Don’t let those lies in. Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart. Believe in the dreams God gave you. He put them there for a reason.
Isaiah 54
How about we build each other up? What is your favorite encouraging scripture? And how do you expel doubts about your dreams?

5 comments:

  1. Loved this post, Amy, from photo to final word.
    Here's a favorite Scripture:
    May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
    establish the work of our hands for us—
    yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)
    It is my writer's prayer.
    When all is said and done, I want God's blessing on my writing more than anything else.

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    1. Love that verse, Beth! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Amy,
    I enjoyed your post. The scripture that comes to mind is Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future...' Believe the dreams that God gave you are for a reason, and rest in Him! He is the one who will give you favor.

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    1. I love that scripture! And your advice. You have a real gift for encouragement. I am always so blessed by your comments!

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    2. I love that scripture! And your advice. You have a real gift for encouragement. I am always so blessed by your comments!

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