But what else is holding you back from pursuing your dream whether it be writing or something else God has put on your heart?
When I think back on my own writing journey, I remember some of the reasons I had for not jumping into this writing thing:
I’m too old.
It’s too hard.
It takes too much time.
I don’t have any talent.
Nobody will want to read what I write.
I’ve failed at so many other things, what makes me think I can succeed at this?
When I examined these excuses, I found the fundamental thing holding me back was fear. Fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, fear of embarrassment, and ultimately, fear of failure.
Then God grabbed me by my spiritual ear and reminded me of His promises. He gave me the desire to write and He would help me carry it out. Among His reminders: He wouldn’t give me an assignment without also giving me the means to fulfill it; His grace and protection would surround me; He opens doors and gives me favor. And He did. He led me to the Christian Writers Guild and North Texas Christian Writers as I followed His plan one step at a time as He revealed it.
Recently, I came across some other examples of people who wouldn’t be held back.
Leo Tolstoy wrote War and Peace while living in a small house with his wife and thirteen children.
J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel was rejected by twelve publishers and she was on the dole.
Walt Disney was a failed, bankrupt, small-time ad man before Mickey Mouse happened.
Abraham Lincoln faced bankruptcy and numerous election defeats before he became our sixteenth president.
So, what’s holding you back from your dream? Time? We dealt with that last week. Fear? God tells us He will give us the desires of our heart and to “Fear not.” Read the story of Jairus (Luke 8:40-56).
Pray and seek God’s plan and wisdom and direction.
Take that first step and see where it leads.