Are You Willing to Fight For Your Dream?

A Dream

The book traveled throughout my home, resting on my bedside stand, near my favorite chair, the kitchen buffet and even in and out of my briefcase as I traveled to and from the office.  Like my oversized lab puppy it followed me everywhere.

When published, Chase The Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small, by Mark Batterson immediately captured my attention.  Hurriedly I purchased it, taking advantage of my Prime 2-day shipping and then when it arrived I abruptly set it aside.  Like the plague, I was suddenly afraid to draw near.

But, this book wasn’t to be trifled with – following me around my home like the eyes of the Mona Lisa.  I was unsettled by all of it, feeling both drawn and repelled at the same time – making excuses as weeks passed and I’d yet to pick it up.

It remained forever, “next on my list.”

The title alone is enough to tell the reader that Chase The Lion was a different kind of book. The book jacket confirmed that I as a reader would be challenged.  Batterson was going to challenge me as a reader to question my calling, to resurrect a dream once set aside and buried down deep.  Frankly, I wasn’t sure I was ready for the excursion.

And then, as though growing weary with my hesitation, God gave me a nudge.  An acquaintance and fellow blogger encouraged me to pick up the book and finish it through.  She was on the post-read high.  It was the kind of book and experience that didn’t allow one to keep it to themselves.  Her enthusiasm was infectious and enough to get me going.  I picked it up one evening after the kids were in bed and the husband watching a game.  Once I started, I couldn’t stop and I quickly found myself searching for both my ink pen and a high lighter.

“. . . normal is overrated.  Lion chasers don’t run away; lion chasers run to the roar.”
Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson

A Dream Deferred

As a young woman I dreamed of a husband and a family of my own.  And, after what seemed like years, God answered both of those prayers.  Shortly after the start of my growing family my career began to advance – rapidly.  Filled with the excitement and needs of a growing family and career our days took on a life and pattern of their own.  Seasons changed and another beautiful daughter came along and shortly after that additional career advancements.  Yes, we faced our difficulties, like any other family, but looking back I know how fortunate and blessed we’ve been.

But then, like an itch you can’t scratch I became unsettled.  It was a nagging sentiment that just wouldn’t allow me to let things be – I started to wonder if there wasn’t something more.  Maybe it had something to do with turning 40 and watching my husband go after his own dream of helping launch a church.  Maybe, it was just God’s timing.

There was a story I wanted to tell and a passion to lead and encourage other woman, other moms.  I wanted to encourage them the way I had been encouraged, to share what God had done and was doing in my life.  I wanted to share this same truth for their own lives.  I wanted to encourage them to hang on in the midst of the difficulties of life, of marriage and of parenting.  My long term goal was to write and publish a book but decided to start with a blog – this blog.  

Truth be told, The dream of writing a book was not a new one.  It had been there since I was a young girl, one with her nose permanently buried in a book.

“If you dare to dream big, you better think long.”

Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson

The Long Game

The dream of writing a book, and not just any book, one that people actually want to read and will be published feels BIG.  I struggle with how to do it. Like some of you, I struggle to see how my dream can come to fruition in the midst of marriage, motherhood, work and other commitments.  But, truthfully I know that each book is written one word, one page, one chapter at a time. I know that if I want to be a writer the answer is simple, I just need to write.

Chasing a dream requires a willingness to move, to act, to do something. #ChaseTheLion Click To Tweet

How do I get from here to there?  What am I willing to do to make this dream a reality?  What level of personal discipline am I willing to submit to in order to chase this dream?  

What about you? What’s your dream? What is the thing you’d be willing to do even when you’re dead bone tired?  What are you willing to do to make it happen?

The funny thing about dreams is that once you allow yourself to “go there”, to consider them, to imagine the possibility, you start to have more.   All of a sudden your brain and your heart realize they’ve been given permission to consider the unimaginable as well as the seemingly impossible.  

Now, after two writing conferences and a couple of years of blogging, my dream of writing a book feels BIG, but not impossible.  There is the frustration of trying to find the time to chip away at each word – but I can see a way.  Taking those first steps forward offer the assurance of the possible.   dream
There is now though another dream spinning around my head.  It’s not yet clear, but definitely feeling larger than life and most certainly impossible. 

In fact, this new dream, that drifts around the periphery – that seems bigger and larger than anything I’ve ever considered is one of the reasons I didn’t pick up the book. The dream scares and frustrates me at the same time. I can’t ignore it but don’t know how to move forward towards it.  I’ve been waiting. I’ve been stuffing the feelings, insecurities and questions down and hoping that God would just show up with a neon sign and a step by step guide of how to get from here to there.  Or, in contrast, confirm what the doubt in my mind said — that perhaps this dream wasn’t for me.

One evening as I was finishing the second half of Chase the Lion, reading success story after success story I suddenly started crying.  My husband was in the basement watching the game and the kids were in bed and I found myself in tears asking God what and how?  The feeling of being unsettled was wearing on me but I didn’t know what to do or why.  I prayed and cried and prayed some more. I didn’t want to be that frozen woman but I wasn’t sure where to go or what to do.

Cue Chapter 11.

“There is only one way to get out of a pit with a lion on a snowy day — you have to fight your way out. You have to fight harder, fight longer, and fight smarter than your five-hundred-pound foe. . . Are you willing to fight for your dream?”

Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson

 I’m a fighter. A believer in the “what doesn’t kill you makes your stronger philosophy.”  I am not the type to roll over and play dead.

In Chaptet 11, the author also reminded me that we have an enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy.  He reminded me that because of Jesus I can be confident that that’s not God’s plan for my life.  

What about you? Are you a fighter?

“ . . . Lion chasers aren’t normal.  They don’t run away from what they’re afraid of; they run toward the roar.”

Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson

 If you’re like me and struggling with a dream, a calling that seems impossible, perhaps even unimaginable I want to encourage to find that one step forward. And then, take the next best step after that and keep moving towards your dream one step at a time. There will be failures – it won’t go as planned. That’s okay. Expect it.  But keep moving forward.  Just like the dream of writing a book consists of piecing together one word at a time. Your dream requires one small step of obedience after another.  Quit waiting for the perfect timing or the neon sign. They rarely come.

Perhaps like me you need a little inspiration to encourage you to chase after your dream.  If so, I’m happy to announce that I will be giving away a copy of Chase The Lion here on my blog this Sunday.  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is comment here on my blog. 

Momma, maybe it’s time. Time for you to stand up and take that first step towards your dream.

Be there.


 

14 thoughts on “Are You Willing to Fight For Your Dream?

  1. Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post. I have always wanted to write as a young girl too but somehow it is a dream not yet accomplished.

    I have things written here and there and I want to start doing not just wishing. I believe somehow it is tied to my purpose and until I start, doors may never open.

    Thanks for the post and greetings from Nigeria.

    1. My friend,

      Thank you for checking in all the way from Nigeria! Let me encourage you to put one word after another down – in order to be a writer we must do just that – write!

      Blessings!

      Julia

  2. Once again you hit the nail on the head with this post! I don’t want to get into specifics about how this touches my life in big way on your public blog. The post is so awesome and perfect timing! Thank you!

  3. If we do not get what we pray for, it is not because God grudgingly refuses to give it, but because he has some better thing for us. There is no such thing as unanswered prayer. The answer given may not be the answer we desired or expected; but even when it is a refusal it is the answer of the love and wisdom of God. Luke 11:5-13

  4. Eeeekkk! Run toward the roar! I’m taking a few tentative steps. Thanks for the challenge! Blessings!

  5. This book sounds wonderful! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. With many children to care for, a husband with disabilities, and 2 jobs it often seems like “auto-pilot”, but remembering God is ultimately the pilot and that it’s ok to still have BIG dreams gives so much hope!

  6. It’s good to not be alone in this. I have several books in my mind and heart, but no way yet for writing them. I’m leaning into practicing my craft with the blog, but it still feels so far away. What a joy it will be to see this dream realized one day! Thanks for writing!!!

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