Session 2 started out with Allison Vesterfelt asking us the question “What would you do if you could do anything?” Think about it for a while. Its a tough question. I don’t even really know how I would answer it myself. What would I do if I could do anything…
Dreaming is not selfish. In a story, great characters know what they want and they work to get it. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t be interested in their story. Who wants to read about people wandering aimlessly with no purpose or end in sight? Could the people closest to you identify what you want out of life and what you’re actually doing to get it? We were not designed to be static people, we were designed to move. If you’re life doesn’t have any direction, it doesn’t make sense. Going after what you want, even if you fail, is still better than doing nothing or being complacent. Comfort never creates good stories.
Jon Acuff shared with us that in order to have a meaningful story you don’t need a perfect vision. You don’t need to ask your adventures for details. If adventures came with details, they’d be errands. And sure, you will be afraid, but fear isn’t the same thing as regret. A life makes sense when the characters know what they want.
Donald Miller talked about God and His relationship with us. He said that God is not a controlling, dysfunctional Father. He looks at us and asks, “Hey, what can we do together?” There are times when we are waiting for God to do something and He is waiting for us to do something. When God has a specific plan, it is very, very clear. It is not vague. Sometimes he lets us decide what to do. If you’re going to start a new story, you have to say YES. Keep going through those open doors until one is closed. Keep saying yes until it’s a no.
1. Where God commands, we must obey.
2. Where there is no command, God gives us the wisdom, responsibility, and freedom to choose.
3. When we have chosen what is moral and wise, we must trust the sovereign God to work all the details together for good.
Don’t ignore your dreams! What would you do if you could do anything? What would happen if you said “yes” to something that scares you? What if you took that job, or wrote that book, or moved to that city? What adventure do you need to go on? It’s exciting isn’t it?