Do you have an “impossible dream”? Not a vision that requires someone else to do something. Not a hope that one day you will have x-ray vision or be able to fly. I mean a dream that is possible if you alone will take the required actions. A dream to be or to do something that is actually within your reach but that the cost has always seemed to be too high or the risk is too great.
Have you written that dream off? Have you persuaded yourself, as you have matured and grown “wiser,” that the dream is impossible; that other things are more important; that you cannot do that which you long to do?
Have you sabotaged your own future?
You know the old phrase, “there is no time like today.” Why not commit this morning to making progress toward accomplishing that dream? A few days ago, I posed a question: “where will we be four months from now?” The month of January is nearly over. Have we mapped out a plan to move forward? More importantly, have we taken any of the steps that are on that plan?
I was reminded today of an old story. There were two lads who liked to explore the countryside. They walked through towns, across bridges, through fields and past mountains. When they were hungry, they ate what the found or sought to work for local merchants in trade for bread and fruit.
One day they came to a wall that blocked their path from entering an orchard. The wall appeared to be impassable. It was too high, too wide; it was a wall that could not be climbed. The started to walk away, to abandon their journey. And, then they looked at each other and in moment of silent agreement, they took off their caps and tossed them over wall. They watched as their hats sailed out of their sight, far beyond the impassable wall, the thing that blocked their path. Now, they had no choice but to find a way to go climb the wall.
Politicians call it “throwing your hat into the ring.”
This kind of commitment involves taking decisive action to dedicate yourself to what seems to be impossible.
Are you willing today to throw your cap over your wall and to commit yourself to success? What about doing that for the next four months?
I am making that pledge today. I am throwing my cap over a wall. I am pledging to change my course to achieve one specific goal.
In four months, I will check back with you on your program. As for me, in four months, I may only be part of the way up that wall, but, I will not be standing on the ground, telling myself that the wall is too high.
Want to join me?
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)