Think back to your childhood. What did you want to be when you grew up? What was the dream you had for yourself?
When we were all growing up, we were told to ‘dream big, shoot for the stars, you can do anything you set your mind to’.
Those statements are absolutely true.
Granted, we all hear of the stories of successful athletes, business tycoons, entertainers, etc. of how, ‘I dreamed of being (insert here). Through hard work and dedication, I did it.’
However, it’s a very small number of people that things like that happen to.
Please don’t think I’m being insensitive or a Debbie Downer. I believe that if there’s something in life you really want, you’ve got to bust your tail for it. But what happens when you do that, when you work tirelessly and give a 110 percent effort, but your dream just comes up short? Let me further explain…
When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be just like my favorite Dallas Cowboys player Bill Bates. My dream was to play football at the University of Tennessee and for the Dallas Cowboys, just like Bates did.
However, sometimes, real life circumstances block dreams like that completely.
Granted I did play 1 year of college ball, but it wasn’t at UT. A NFL squad requested tape of me – but nothing really came of it. My size didn’t really help either – I mean with all of the talent that teams could find all over the country, why would anyone want a 5’10, 235 lb. center and longsnapper?
Sometimes, the chips don’t fall the right way. Dreams get shattered.
But guess what?
What matters is that you try your best. What matters is how you handle yourself. What matters is realizing that you aren’t the one in control of your life.
God has a plan for all of us.
NEWS FLASH: I am the world’s worst at trying to handle everything myself and be the one in control. I still struggle with that. However, when you do get your hard-headed, egotistical self out of the way and give the reigns to Him, things tend to get a lot less stressful and go way more smoothly.
The one thing with God, when one door closes, He usually has another door waiting for you to open. I’ve read somewhere that ‘God opens the doors where the blessings are. You just have to walk through them’.
Four years ago, I was fortunate enough to join a local music group. It was only for one show, and nothing was guaranteed after it.
Since that time, we’ve played various shows all over the southeast – thus a new dream was born… playing music in Nashville, Music City, USA.
Never in a million years did I think that dream could become reality. I mean I’m just a Lake County boy playing in a Dyersburg-based group. We all work at our craft like crazy, but Nashville just seemed like a goal too far to reach.
That is until this past April.
Standing on a stage, less than a mile from Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans), myself and my other 3 band mates kicked off a 2-hour set in Music City with the Cumberland River at our backs. It was hot, but man, it feet awesome!
Now, I’m not saying that God opened the door for me to play country and blues music, but without a doubt He was the one who opened to doors to get me behind the drum kit. While I am still in the local band, He opened another door, playing drums in the worship band at church. To get to glorify Him through music, now that’s pretty cool.
Who knows? Maybe His plan for me will one day change? Will I like it? Probably not, but you’ve got to have faith in Him.
I heard a pastor recently say that, ‘If we don’t have faith in God, [then] we don’t have trust in God.’
We’ve got to just step out of the way and let Him put us where we need to be. We may think we know exactly what we need to do, but let’s face it, we’re human and humans make mistakes constantly.
Who would you rather take control of your life, an imperfect human or the perfect Savior?
As this blog comes to a close, I would like to take a moment and address all young people, those who are beginning the new school year, or anyone who considers themselves to be a dreamer:
Dream big. Shoot for the stars. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Whatever you do, give it 100 percent.
Most of all, whatever you do, put it in God’s hands. If you don’t reach YOUR goal – keep your faith in Him. He’ll lead you to HIS goal.