Back in 2001, I was at the beach with one of my best friends, having a rare girl trip. (I need another girl beach trip, come to think of it!) We had been joking around and cutting up most of the week, and one of the inside jokes we had had for years had to do with being rock stars. We were in a shop, and I happened across a bumper sticker that said, “Rock Star.” So I bought two. One went directly on the back of my car. The other has hung on my office bulletin board ever since. Yep, right next to Calvin and a quote by Jon Acuff. (Whom you should read, by the way. He manages to make you laugh while he steps all over your toes.)
At that time, I wasn’t writing. At least not for real. I wrote all of the time, mostly for myself and my friends. It was my outlet, and I loved it. But, you see, I had never considered writing as a career. I mean, publishing a real book? Really? I might as well say, “I want to be a rock star.” The odds of it happening, were, uhm… zero?
Of course, God had other timing and other plans. That’s another story. But His plans led to this…
Honestly, I never saw that coming. Really. When He told me it was time to start writing “for real,” it took me months to truly listen and believe. It took me even longer to tell anyone else. Honestly, saying it made me feel like I was saying to people, “I want to be a rock star.” I could just see people patting me on the head, all the while thinking I was slightly imbalanced.
God had bigger plans than I ever dreamed, and if we ever sat down and talked about how He made them all come true, you simply wouldn’t believe me. I think He had to pull out the big guns to get me to believe. The take-away? This is what I tell my kids. Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to dream BIG dreams. God’s a big God, and if it’s His will, even the biggest of big dreams can come true. It might take a day, a year, a decade… But if he’s given you the dream, then He means for you to pursue it to His end, whatever that might be. I always think of Cec Murphy and something he once said, “Sometimes you write for an audience of millions. And sometimes you write for an audience of one. Yourself.” Both can be part of God’s perfect will in your life.
Oh, I have other dreams. Like I’d like to someday see my name on the NYT Bestseller List. Wilder than that? A house at the beach. Odds of that happening? In me? Zero. In God, who knows? But I’m not afraid to dream.
Like Langston Hughes wrote:
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
What is your “I’m a Rock Star” dream?