2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
It’s so easy to let life pass us by as we move from one day to the other. We have all sorts of excuses why we can’t follow our dreams right now. It’s not the right time. I’m too busy. It’s too hard. I’ll do it later. I don’t have the right education to do that. But the truth is that we’re afraid to try. After all, if we try and fail, then what?
Well in Proverbs 24: 16, the Bible says “A just man falls 7 times and rises up again.” So the answer is if you fail, you get up and you try again and again. Failure is part of the process of success. If you aren’t willing to fail, then chances are you won’t ever be successful at whatever you attempt.
Failure’s not fun. I know. It took me 15 years of writing before I was offered a traditional contract with a traditional publisher. I didn’t have 7 failures more like 700 failures. Yes, each of those failures hurt, but each of them made me stronger and more willing to learn what I was doing wrong so that I would become a better writer.
God gives each of us a dream. In fact, he gives us many dreams, but he gives us the choice. We can ignore those dreams, those talents,and those passions if we choose to. We can move through our time here on earth allowing life to happen to us or we can use those dreams, talents, and passions to create the life we want. The life God created for us.
It may feel safer to not reach for our dreams–that way we won’t fail, won’t be disappointed, won’t be embarrassed.
It may feel safer, but we’ll miss out on a lot of joy, excitement, and passion that a life of following our dreams can offer.