Dreams Require Faithfulness
I once saw an interview with John Grisham, the immensely popular author of books like The Firm and A Time to Kill. He was promoting a new book, of course, but he also took emailed questions from viewers. One question in particular caught my attention. Someone had asked what it takes to be a great writer and with over 225 million books in print at that point, he was obviously qualified to answer with substantial authority.
I listened intently as he gave this simple reply: a page a day, you have to write a page a day. To some, it probably sounded too simplistic and therefore they disregarded it immediately—just another quick blurb in our world of noise. But the advice struck me again with the reality that you can’t escape the process.
We’ve all heard clichés like “practice makes perfect,” but greatness is not thrust on us or handed to us. It’s earned and walked out in the process of everyday, “boring” life. It’s being disciplined enough to cultivate the gifts that God has given you and being faithful.
Talent isn’t enough; opportunity isn’t enough.
What good would it do to have great opportunities thrown at you time after time and you weren’t ready to do anything with them. Will Rogers said, “even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” We can have great potential, but sitting there and wishing somebody would notice will get us nowhere.
When I heard Mr. Grisham give his advice (back in 2008), it reminded me again of what I had neglected. It was one of the reasons I started this blog later in the year. Whatever dream God has placed within you, discipline yourself to work at it, learn about it, and simply do it. It’s the only way we’ll reach our goals.
It’s the daily choice. We have to be ready to weather the storm of our emotions, our tiredness, our critics, and everything else to forge ahead day after day. We are charged with the responsibility to cultivate and use what God’s planted for the advancement of His Kingdom.
Besides all that, you’re never alone. God breathes on you by His Spirit and enables you to walk to walk in His wisdom and grace in ways you never thought possible. Today could be the day you explore those buried gifts. Today you can write your page 1, whatever that may be, and keep going every day until you get what God’s put in your heart to go after.
What do you think? Do you struggle with this?