Yeah. I am talking to YOU, again.
I just wanted you to know I AM SO EXCITED. I can hardly stand it.
You see.........well, there is ALL THIS STUFF going down in my my life and in my tiny part of the world and I have ALL THESE IDEAS.
(This is when if you are the YOU that is living around me, you start getting a bit scared :)
And I kind of just wanted to see if YOU had any ideas or thoughts or dreams that you are dreaming....
Because you see I have been SO BLESSED.
I was born into a family where my parents, from day one, have told me that I CAN DO ANYTHING. I mean I knew that I couldn't. I knew that I wasn't going to take the world by storm with my swimming, singing, acting, academics, beauty, etc. I mean I knew that.
But they seemed to have NO IDEA.
And so the idea was planted in ME that........well, maybe? Maybe I can?
Then I met along the way a few friends........in college, on the streets of SW Canton :), in a Village....and, for some reason, they thought I was AWESOME. I was built up. I was loved. I was encouraged. And oh, my friends? We ALWAYS laugh.......and I learned that life was good and people outside of my family could love me fully, too.
And I thought.....yes? A small, maybe-filled yes I can....but what?
Then I met my love. And part of discovering the true love of my life is that he looked at my with eyes that didn't want to change rather they wanted to cherish. In loving me, he gave me the confidence to believe in who I was, in what I could do. He thought I was AMAZING and at that point.......well, who was I to disagree?
And so my yes, I can became a bit louder. I began to allow the dreams and the thoughts and the ideas to be verbalized. I began to write. I began to say silly things, impossible things because.....well, maybe?
And somewhere in the midst of the family foundation and the friends and the love, I found a Father. A Father who, with words and with experiences and through His people, began to show me what HE saw when he looked upon His daughter. And He showed me that all things are possible but maybe not quite in the way that I thought they are. That "all things being possible" isn't a free pass to heal every disease, to end every hardship, to make all things exactly as we want them but maybe it's more complicated than that, more mysterious, more giving us the freedom to dream and imagine and then do..........I don't know exactly. But I do know that He took that gift that my parents, my friends, my love gave me - that belief, that love, that knowledge of who I was - and He turned my small, timid yes into.......
YES, YES I CAN!!! All those dreams and ideas and thoughts and imaginings..........well, I don't know if they will happen or come about but I am not going to let them die in my head, in my heart.
AND I DON'T WANT YOUR IDEAS AND DREAMS AND THOUGHTS TO GET TRAPPED AND DIE BEFORE THEY EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.
Failure not an option?
THAT IS CRAP.
Failure is never even trying.
Failure is thinking you can't.
Failure is not recognizing dreams and ideas and thoughts as life and possibility and beginnings.
Failure is thinking you are not good enough.
Failure is giving up the dreaming just because you aren't in a season when you can DO.
Failure is letting your NO be louder than your YES.
Failure is missing opportunities to tell others YES to their ideas and dreams.
You WILL make mistakes.
You WILL have to try again.....and again......and again.....and then again.
You WILL have to keep saying yes.
You WILL do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing.
You WILL be made stronger though trials and hardships and discomfort.
BUT......BUT.....it doesn't mean that you have FAILED.
And so today I want you to know that I BELIEVE in your dreams and your craziness and the words that God whispers to your heart but you are quick to dismiss because too many people have said NO to you or told you things about yourself that just aren't true.
Oh and........by the way............this is kind of a dangerous road to get on......because you see?
Ummm.......well, once you start? Once you find your voice and you take a step?
Well, there's the next step and the next step and the next and one day you will find yourself in a place that goes WELL BEYOND your dreams and your thoughts and your ideas and you will wonder HOW ON EARTH DID I GET HERE?
And you will look back and realize it all started with an inkling of that thought that formed in your mind when you first said YES.
So..............will you say YES?