I heard a story about a small town football player. He was the star of his high school team and a local celebrity. He was living his DREAM!
But he wasn’t big enough to play for any of the major universities, so he ended up at a junior college delivering PIZZAS at night.
One night when he was making a delivery, a 10 year-old boy answered the door and immediately recognized him. At first, the boy was SO excited to see his football HERO!
But then the boy said, “Hey, wait a minute. What are YOU doing delivering pizzas?”
God Asked Me That Question
He said, “Nicole, what are YOU doing delivering pizzas?”
I said, “God, I don’t understand.”
• “I’m SERVING your kingdom.”
• “I‘m LEADING the church staff.”
• “I’m SPEAKING at conferences.”
“I’m living Your dream!” God said, “No, you’re living YOUR dream. Not MINE.” I instantly teared up.
My husband had been talking with me about doing FEWER conferences (the thing that made me FEEL good about myself) and staying at home and speaking even MORE at our church.
I wanted to do BOTH!
God showed me that I was too busy taking up the space of OTHER peoples’ dreams.
If I would arise and go to the dream that He had for ME, then I would be MAKING SPACE for others to live out THEIR dreams.
By doing things my way, I was short-selling all that God had for ME and was standing in OTHER peoples way.
I don’t want that. I want to live His dream for me and be that person who helps others reach their dream.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
So what happened to the football player?
He trained hard, gained 70 pounds, MADE the college team and became an NFL first round draft pick!
The little boy inspired him to return to his dream and make room for someone who really NEEDED that pizza delivery job.
Sometimes we get COMFORTABLE. We may even LOOK like a success.
But what we’re really doing is pushing off the bigger DREAM God has for us.
Prayer For Today
“God, I’m going to get up out of my comfortable space and go live Your dream for my life. I don’t know exactly what you want me to do…but I TRUST You. I will live Your dream and make space for another person to live theirs!”