I sat at the small, stained wooden desk in my bedroom, trying to fill the first page of the spiral notebook’s blue-lined paper with the initial chapter in my first book. Stuck because of writer’s block and the sense that I had no business writing a book like that at that point in my life, I put the pen down, and closed the cardstock cover on my dream.
Today, the family joined me in the guest-room-turned-makeshift-writing-studio with video cameras capturing the moment as I sat at another small wooden desk and this time tapped the screen on the iPad to tell the publishing company to begin making my dream… which had been shelved for about thirty years… become reality. And this Wednesday night at midnight in the Central Time Zone here in America, people will be able to participate in a dream that I had thought might never be.
Oh, it’s not the book I would have written thirty years ago. In fact, it’s not the book I would have written five years ago. But it IS the first book I’ve completed and had published. And so I continue to go on and on about this because I want those of you who read this blog to understand how big of a deal this is to me.
And I write about it because I want to put a shining example out there that says, “Hey, regardless of your age or stage in life… whether you think you have what it takes or not… whether you think anyone else will care or not… whether you have dropped the ball once or a thousand times… NEVER LET YOUR DREAM DIE!
This book is a victory in so many ways for me, and I want to be an encouragement to you that you can still accomplish your dreams. If you’re still alive, then you need to know that God has not given up on you. So don’t give up on yourself!
I’ve had to learn so much just to be able to do this. And now I’m about to put this dream to the test in the real world. But I am more excited than I can possibly explain on so many different levels.
I want you to experience this… this joy… this energizing lift… this sense of completing a quest… this anticipation of what could happen next! This is the place I believe God wants us to live in… not in the mundane, but in the majestic. He designed us to walk out here in this place of trust and obedience so that we could enjoy life to the fullest. In fact, in John 10:10, Jesus said that He came so that we would be able to “have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (Amplified Version)
That is exactly what this moment in my life feels like, and I want you to experience it in your own life. Late Wednesday night into Thursday morning, as people begin to visit this site and buy this book, they’re going to be adding fuel to the fire of the dream that nearly died at a little wooden desk in the bedroom of a teenage boy thirty years ago, but was resurrected all these years later.
So, what’s your dream? And how long have you had it? Are you going to let it die? Or are you going to let a little spark from the fire of my dream land on the tinder of your own dream and begin to set it ablaze once more? Oh, how I hope you allow it to spring to life once more and chase after it with all you have! I know that would make God smile. It would make me smile. And take it from the guy grinning as he types these words, it’ll make you smile, too!