What Would You Do?

Posted: February 6, 2015 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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wwydI hear two questions, quite often.
“What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” and “What would you do if money were not an object?” They are good questions. They are questions that get to the heart of the matter–to your heart. They strip away the excuses and get you to see the world of your dreams. How awesome… but they don’t go far enough.

Here’s the truth. You probably will fail and money IS an object. The challenge is to get to those points of failure and no money and keep going. That requires a stronger dream. Let me posit a theory. When you ask the questions, they show you your real dream, they show what is really on your heart. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? That thing you dream of when the limitations are off, it’s awesome, right? Is it worth fighting for? If not, I believe it’s an inferior dream and you need to look harder. And if this thing that you would do if the limits were gone suddenly hits a wall, isn’t it worth it to push through the wall and bring it to reality? I believe it is.

Think about nearly every great creative discovery. Do you believe any of them came to be without struggle? I seriously doubt it. The ones that produce these things are usually thought of as heroes, and rewarded mightily. You know what separates them from the rest of us? Jealousy would say natural ability and unfair advantages, in some cases, maybe, in most cases, bull! No what they have over us is they kept going and saw it through. You can do that too.

What would you do if all the boundaries were stripped away? It’s useful to find the dream. Bringing the dream to reality though involves busting through the barriers. If you fail, learn from it and keep going. If you run out of money, make the steps that don’t take money until more comes but don’t stop. Persevere.

In the church this problem is exacerbated by bad theology. Somewhere along the line we got the idea that anything that is difficult or a financial struggle is outside the will of God. Nothing could be further than the truth. To believe that is almost Atheism, as it totally negates the story of Jesus.

None of us would exist were it not for the fact that our moms decided to pass through the pain. There is blessing on the other side of failure and financial woes. Press through it.

  1. Dean says:

    Sorry David, but I really don’t like those questions.

    For one, they’re so overused by every coach, counselor, new-age guru, self-help blogger and whatever, that they really have become meaningless cliches.

    Secondly, my answer to them would be: Become king of the world, get everyone saved, healed and delivered, bring worldwide peace and prosperity, then bring Jesus back and turn the crown over to Him so that He can rule and reign forever.

    No tribulation, no Anti-Christ, no more suffering. It would all be over.

    But all that is fantasy, and I do agree with most of your post. I just feel that those questions really can’t evoke realistic thinking about who and what you are, and your God-given purpose on Earth.

    • amokarts says:

      I agree, the point I was trying to make is while those questions may help you to isolate a goal, they aren’t real and the truth is, it’s in submitting to God and powering through (in Him) the obstacles and the hard times that we get to what matters. Really sometimes the hard times are preparing us for something better, peppered with a little bit of God asking “How bad do you want it?”

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