She slammed her laptop shut and threw the reference book across the room. Her husband ran down the steps.
“What’s going on?”
She hung her head. “I can’t do it.”
She pointed to the book on the floor. “All this marketing stuff. It’s too hard.”
“Of course it is. Anything worth pursuing in life is difficult. Don’t you think it will be worth it?”
She knew he was right, but the thought of what she had to do to sell her book overwhelmed her like a heat wave on a summer day. She didn’t know if she had the energy.
He crossed his arms. “Come on. It’s your dream. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t at least try.”
She sighed. “You know me too well.”
He picked up the book and handed it to her. “Get back at it.”
This was me a week ago. Okay, so I didn’t slam my laptop shut or throw a book across the room, but I was overwhelmed with writing a proposal/marketing plan for my book, Amber Dreams. There’s a lot to think about. How do you sell yourself when you’ve never had a book published? How do you grow your platform? How do you catch the eye of an editor or agent when there are hundreds and thousands of other authors out there trying to do the same thing?
How can I stand out?
It almost made me want to throw in the proverbial towel.
Then I heard a sermon this past Sunday that put everything back into perspective for me. Love when God does that!
Pastor Dave Elliott at Knollwood Baptist was doing a series on “Dare to Dream” and said our “dreams require perseverance.”
Oh my. Lord, You’re talking to me, aren’t You?
The next question hit me like a ton of bricks. How do you persevere in order to pursue your dream? He spoke about when Jesus healed the paralytic. Remember how the man’s friends didn’t give up? They cut a hole in the roof to get their buddy to Jesus. Even the obstacles didn’t get in their way. Pastor Elliott gave these five points.
- Think creatively when confronted with a problem.
- Bring your needs to Jesus.
- Link arms with others in order to get the job done.
- Rise above the opposition of negative people.
- Remember who you are doing it for.
The last one hit me. I know God has called me to write. He instilled this dream in me. I can’t give up.
I decided right then and there I would persevere and keep on going. No matter how overwhelming it is. I just need to keep focused and remember these points at all times.
What would happen if we dared to dream? Many things! The sky’s the limit. Just imagine what God could do!
Do you have a dream? Are you ready to give it up? Don’t. Apply these truths.
Come on. I dare you to dream!
What’s your dream? Share it with us in the comment section.
Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Dream big – the sky’s the limit!