Who did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
A police officer?
In many of our lives we have had a dream but we have been told by others that it is just not practical; maybe we even heard it so often that we left such dreams behind.
Had you asked me 23 years ago what I wanted to be when I was older, I would have simply, and matter of factly, replied, “A FOX.”
That’s right-the hippest, most fantastical animal around.
I had a fox mask that I wore as I crawled on all fours throughout the dining room trying to make whatever sound it was I thought the fox made.
(Yes, I knew what the fox said.)
Now, maybe that dream you left behind was not transforming yourself into a small woodland creature roughly 1/8th the scale of your current size, but take a moment to ask yourself, “WAS IT REALLY THAT RIDICULOUS?”
Often we look back thinking opportunities have passed us by, regretting that it’s too far behind us for it to even be a possibility now.
This has been on my mind leading into 2018 as I’ve been feeling that dreams I had left behind are getting further away each day. As we get older we may even start to feel that time is against us or running out!
The thing is, I don’t think our brains were wired to constantly regret the past or endlessly worry about the future as we often do. If that was all there is to life, then those are very depressing thoughts. Thankfully, endings aren’t always the end and death doesn’t always have the last word.
I was raised hearing stories from the Bible.
Stories about Jesus and miracles. Stories about things thought lost being found and things made so wrong being set right.
As a Christian, I am a firm believer that the idea of resurrection is firmly woven into the very nature of the world.
That true justice restores things to the way they should be, which often looks a lot more like mercy. That God, who created everything, is a God of resurrection.
Death is never the end of the story. Or the end of a dream.
The reason most people miss their moment is because people give up on it before they get to it. Last year I felt there was a verse from scripture that I should carry with me. It was in the back of my mind all of 2017 and it is super practical,
“Let us not grow tired of doing good for in due season we will reap if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
I have also heard this verse summed up with the simple phrase, “If you don’t quit you win!”
Whatever that dream is that you wanted to do, or maybe are doing but you are discouraged about at the moment, don’t give up. The story is not over yet.
To quote a hero of mine, “This is not the end, but a fantastic beginning.”