Between You and Your Dream

Standing between you and your dream is risk.

Chances are it’s a risk you’ve been unwilling to take.  After all, your dream is still a dream, isn’t it?

I find that usually what keeps me from taking risks is fear.  Sometimes fear is healthy, but often it’s not.  North American Christianity is peppered with prayers for safety, comfort, healing, lack of adversity, abundance and protections. Usually we pray for God to take us out of difficult situations.  How often do you ask God to lead you into a difficult situation?  Exactly.

I’m convinced that if people in biblical times lived the way we lived and prayed the way we prayed that history would be very different.  In fact, the Bible might never have been written because the stories would be too boring.  Who really wants to record the details of lives aimed at self-fulfilment?

Standing between dream-fulfilment and the status quo are things like lions dens, burning furnaces, prisons, sea crossings, ark building and crucifixions.  Heroes and even those who are simply obedient always embrace risk.

Because to risk is to trust.

You are going to spend today doing something.  So why not spend it taking some risks?  In the process, you might begin to trust at whole new level.  And some dreams – even some dreams God has – might get fulfilled in the process.

6 Comments

  1. Eric Sun on March 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Thanks, Carey – very timely!

  2. John Lero on March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks gor the post. Great reminder that safety does not necessarily equal satisfaction. I want to know that I lived a life worthy of Christ sacrifice for me. He deserves my best even if it may involve an uncertain future.

  3. Cindy Rose on March 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    LOVED this! It’s when you are in the moment of having taken the risk and now are sitting in the “lions den, prison, or burning furnace” you question things – this helped encourage me on a day I really needed it 🙂 Thank you!

    • Carey on March 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      Cindy…so glad. I just can’t imagine how the lion’s den would have been any fun, until you realized God was in it.

  4. Gordon Lacharity on March 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Amazing point, Carey. Too often I find myself stuck with the same boring, mundane – but utterly safe and risk-free – life each day. Just reading this has made me rethink how I ought to interact at work today. After all, playing it safe often means getting very little accomplished. I feel inspired to simply trust God today, and go out on a limb if the chance arrives – or perhaps I’ll MAKE the chance arrive…

    • Carey on March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Thanks Gordon…you’re right. I need to challenge myself to trust more on the right things. Hope I do that this week like you do!

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