Lately I’ve found myself confronted by the question of dreams and what it is that stops us from pursuing them. It’s one of those topics I generally speak about concerning other people but rarely in reference to myself. For a longtime I kept my dream from most people. I didn’t speak about it openly simply because it just sounded ridiculous. How could I possibly pursue such a dream?
I don’t believe I’m alone in this. That’s why I wrote this blog. So stick with me on this journey to discover and defeat our dream stopper.
About two weeks ago I was watching the story of David and Goliath with my daughter. Although I have read the story before, this time I was struck by a new insight.
The story is about an unlikely shepherd boy who spectacularly fought and defeated a giant using a sling and stone. The story writer is keen to point out that David didn’t just turn up and swing his sling at the giant. He had fought and won other battles in private-away from the applause and victory parades. He had practiced his sling shot to perfection away from prying eyes. Its’ not surprising that many thought he was a joke when he confidently stepped up and offered to fight the giant. What they didn’t know was that when he struck the lion and bear when they threatened his sheep, the stage was being set for him to encounter and slay a giant.
I’m not sure what David’s dream was. Maybe it was to face off a Philistine giant and slay him with his perfect sling shot. Or perhaps it was a grander dream–to become King. Whatever his ultimate dream was he had to overcome a giant.
Watching the story brought me face to face with my own dream stopping giant.
Who is your Giant?
As I was thinking about this story I saw something: I saw that Goliath wasn’t David’s greatest obstacle. The giant that stood in his way was his doubters.
Doubt keeps us from our dreams before we even dare to dream them.
David’s’ brothers and the rest of the soldiers thought he was unqualified when he offered to fight Goliath. I can imagine their remarks: Who does this foolish shepherd boy think he is and what could he possibly pull off?
I’ve always had a big passion for writing. I write during tough times, I write out prayers when the spoken word fails me, I write poetry to express deep feelings. I even have a few pieces of unfinished stories tucked away in my computer files and notebooks. It’s something I have done almost unconsciously maybe because my mind dared not give my heart a chance to run away with the idea. Starting a blog was my way of stepping out. I decided I was not going to hide in the shadows anymore.
Like me you may have a secret dream perhaps something you have always wanted to do, a change in your life you wish you could make or you just know that you have settled for far less than what you were created for. In his book ‘Maximizing your Potential’ the late Myles Monroe wrote these profound words:
‘One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped. A greater tragedy is to watch potential live unreleased’.
Like David you may have perfected your sling shot in private but haven’t had the courage to step out. What I have come to learn from my quest is that even the best writes and artist started by stepping out and practicing their art. Like a rough gem the dream within us will remain unpolished if we stay in the shadows. By stepping out we allow our art to be transformed and brought to its’ full potential. Like David you may be unpolished but you’re not unqualified. David didn’t have it all together before he stepped out: The soldiers’ amour was ill-fitting and how foolish he must have looked to approach the giant with a shepherd’s stick instead of a sword.
Most motivational writers and speakers encourage their audience to overcome doubt. It seems that what holds us back is not lack of dreams but lack of belief. We are concerned about whether we can be as good as the next person or if people will believe in us.
If David had paid attention to what the doubters were saying he would never have stepped out and defeated Goliath.
Are you ready to step out?
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