As a former athlete, I understand the concept of setting goals. At the beginning of each season, I would use a notecard to write down my expectations. Whether I was running, swimming or playing golf, I tried to raise the bar higher and higher each time I set a personal record. The only hard part about setting a score or time to beat, eventually you reach a saturation point. For example, I haven’t bested 69 for 18 holes in golf since my junior year of high school. Meanwhile, I never came close to breaking 17 minutes for a 5K race after doing it once as a senior.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up, Galatians 6:9.
I guess what I am trying to say is that as an adult, I spend most of my time chasing dreams instead of actually catching them. There is an old saying that refers to being close. This idiom claims that being close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. If you want to be the best, losing over and over again to someone slightly better is frustrating. When you get closer and closer to catching a dream, hope is conceived, turning doubters into believers. Yet, if progress is never achieved, chasing dreams can become like a dog attempting to catch their own tail.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him, James 1:12.
The other night I watched the film I Can Only Imagined. Bart Millard grew up in a dysfunctional family made worse when his mother refused to take Bart with her after moving out. Left to his abusive father, Bart wanted to chase and catch dreams. However, the negativity spewed by Bart’s dad bombarded his mind, leaving behind emotional, physical and spiritual scars. Despite these obstacles, Bart traveled the country with a Christian group called Mercy Me attempting to follow in the footsteps of Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. Yet, it took cancer to inflict his father and redemption to transform his heart before the Lord gave Bart the words to I can only image. Upon releasing this single on a 1999 album, the Worship Project, Bart finally caught his dream. May Bart Millard‘s perseverance inspire you to catch your own dreams.
by Jay Mankus