Dreams Are Dirty
Many people think chasing dreams is glamorous and sexy. However, the reality of chasing dreams is that it includes years of relentlessly pounding the stone. Joshua Medcalf once said that, “some may think you shine under the bright lights, but the lights only reveal the work you completed in the dark”. If you dare to dream big dreams, you must be willing navigate the highs and lows of the journey. If you are anything like me, chasing your dream can be exhausting and discouraging.
My passion is baseball and my dream is to become a head college baseball coach. I am chasing the thing that sets my soul on fire while learning to fall in love with the process. I have been chasing this dream for over four years by putting countless hours in by recruiting, practice preparation, reading books, studying the game, hosting recruiting visits, game management and investing time into student athletes for little to no money in addition to working a full time job.
When I become discouraged, I need to remind myself that the hardest part of every dream is the holding pattern that we probably will endure. We need to understand that although society celebrates 15 minutes of fame, God rewards a lifetime of faithfulness. The holding pattern is, “Twenty Five years between God’s promise to Abraham and the birth of Isaac, its Thirteen years between Joseph’s dream and his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream, its forty years between Moses’s dream of delivering Israel and the Exodus. David was anointed king as a teenager but didn’t take the throne until he was thirty." (Mark Batterson).
So although you may be discouraged with the lack of progress in the pursuit of your dream, history shows us that you are right where you need to be.
Keep pounding the stone.