WIMPS, DREAMS AND WARRIORS
Short Story With a Lesson
Written by Dr. Rick McGrath, Ph.D.
When God created us, he created us to be great! Not just good, but great. He built in us all kinds of marvelous things. Like desire, hope, dreams. He gave us the ability to learn, to be in it to win it! So I ask, “Where’s your dream?”
I believe God has a promise land for each of us. Like he had for his people Israel. When the Israelites got to the promise land Joshua sent out a scouting party to check things out. A couple of them came back carrying a bushel of grapes so big it took two men to carry it. When the others returned they reported that the land was already inhabited. Not only was it inhabited, it was reported that the people there were so much bigger than the Israelites. God had delivered them a promise and they were too afraid to go in and fight for what God had for them. Even after God had told them, “I will give you victory!”
Why do you think they failed to seize their dreams? They had been wondering in the desert for forty years. They must have surely wanted to find a place they could settle down and start living a better life. Isn’t that what we all want? !
I believe they got use to mediocrity. They became satisfied with the status quo. God had been supplying them with food and clothes so what’s the point? Why risk anything? Why try for something better than just ok? That’s just how we behave. Ask a child what they are going to be when they grow up. You get great answers, everything from an astronaut to maybe a doctor. As they grow up however, they lose their dream because they realize they have to fight for what they want to be. It’s to hard so they give up and settle for becoming a hamburger flipper. Like the Israelites who said, “They’re to big.” We say, “It’s to hard, I’m not big enough, good enough, smart enough!” Maybe it’s, “I don’t deserve it!” Whatever it is, that’s what we say and settle for manna instead of steak.
It’s time we begin to dream again. Everything begins in the mind. It’s time to draw a line in your life’s sand and say enough is enough. No matter how old you are. As long as you are still alive, God still isn’t finished with you. It’s time to get that pen and paper out and write down your dreams. Look at those dreams and ask yourself, “How bad do I want it?” Then start thinking about your dream seeing yourself living your dream whatever it is. Ask yourself, “What do I have to start doing to accomplish it?”
Keep reminding yourself how bad do I want it?” Yes it won’t be easy. You have to work, and fight for it. God promised us victory. Are we willing to stretch ourselves enough to believe God wants greatness for our lives?
Whether you are a believer or not, we all have heard the story of David and Goliath. The Israelite army prepared for battle as they always did expecting victory. They took one look at their obstacle Goliath and fear of failure set in. They didn’t want to risk it. It wasn’t until little David showed up and proved that it doesn’t matter how big the obstacle appears, nothing is too big for God. He wasn’t going to let something like the mighty Goliath get in his way. No sir not him.
We have had hundreds of inspirational success stories through out history. Not only the history of mankind, but in our own lives. We’ve all seen handicapped children and adults accomplish amazing things. We’ve seen the Olympic athletes who train for years for a single event. Sometimes things don’t go as planned. They envision victory and disaster strikes. It’s amazing to watch when they don’t quit, they don’t give up. Tens of thousands of spectators look on. They’re cheering and shouting encouragements to the athlete. Instead of paying attention to the athletes who come in first, second and third, they are paying their attention to the fallen athlete wanting him to never give up. I ask you, “Who is the real victor?” You can’t fail unless you give up. Whatever your circumstance is, if you have a dream, press forward. What if Thomas Edison gave up? We may still be living in the dark.
Whatever your circumstance is, if you have a dream, press forward. Don’t give up. Don’t settle for second best. God didn’t create you for seconds. He created you for greatness. He created us in his image and built us to be great.
It’s time to stop looking to at our past. There is nothing there for us. You can’t run a race effectively by looking back over your shoulder. Eyes, forward, head up. Be determined. Quit settling for tents when you can have houses. Change your thinking, change your life. With God all things are possible. The only question is, “Do you believe God?”
I believe God is preparing to do something great in all of our lives. I believe he wants to show the world that his believers are the best. God is a way maker. Let him make the way for you!