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Monday, November 3, 2008

dreams

Ever since returning from L.A., I find myself being more introspective and examining all the things I choose to invest my time in. I want to make every moment I have to count towards something and not be wasted on something that will have little if not zero significance in the long run. I keep thinking about something I’ve heard before that we all have twenty-four hours in a day. It doesn’t matter where we’re from, what our occupation or our age – all of us have the same gift of twenty-four hours to spend as we see fit.
During our last night in L.A., we listened to Ken Hart speaking on “When Your Dreams Get Stuck” and I felt God bringing dreams I’d either put on hold or thought were just too big/hard to obtain back to the forefront of my mind. I felt Him stirring those desires as one stokes a fire – probing and prodding the wood so the fire will continue to burn – and I have a renewed determination to achieve those dreams. I know we can sometimes feel intimidated when God puts certain things in us because we’re only able to focus on the obstacles we must overcome instead of looking beyond them to see what God sees. We let fear hinder us from stepping out and cower in the corner, afraid to place even one toe over the line separating the familiar from the unknown. I just finished a book called “Evasions” by Melanie M. Jeschke and one line that really stood out to me is this: “‘Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt [which is actually a line from Shakespeare].’”
I want to view each day as bursting with potential and holding a plethora of possibilities. God places different gifts in all of us and I want to make sure I use mine to the best of my ability and leave a mark in my corner of the world. One more quote that a certain blonde shared with me in L.A.: “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

I came across this picture today and wanted to share it with someone else. It's a photo of Josh Griffin (youth pastor in California) and he dressed up as Michael Phelps for Halloween :-)

3 comments:

  1. i completely agree, and i am glad you have found yourself at this point of rebirthing dreams (that sounded sorta gross...rebirthing)
    i have also decided that you need a facebook, by the way. facebook screams amber, its like twitter time 1,000. plus a bajillion people (including myself) have put up pictures of the trip and had "tag" them as Amber French, with no actual profile to follow. its sorta sad.... i'm just sayin'

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  2. because of you, carly, i've started a blog and now am on facebook. anything else you'd like me to do? :-)

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  3. hmm i'll make a list and get back to you haha ;)

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