I was watching an episode of Modern Family recently. I don’t watch much television and this isn’t a show I necessarily follow, but I was out of town, it was the only thing I saw on, and I needed something mindless to unwind from a busy day.
The show certainly wouldn’t be the normal place to discover life or leadership advice, but in this episode a nugget principle struck me. It’s huge.
In this particular episode, Phil, the father of the main family, asked his father-in-law Jay for some business advice. He had been offered a new position with a company. It was a tremendous opportunity; a dream job for him, but Phil wasn’t sure he had the skills required for the job. He wanted to know Jay’s advice before he approached his wife about the situation.
Jay’s advice was classic; the kind only someone seasoned with life experience can usually offer. Jay simply asked Phil a question:
“What do you really want to do?”
As Phil pondered the answer, he knew what he had to do.
The question Jay asked is critical. It’s something everyone faces at various crossroads of life. It’s what you need to consider when you have a dream or a vision, but aren’t sure if how it will be received or if you really have what it takes to make the dream a reality.
Where’s your heart? What do you really want to do?
As with any dream:
There will be risks
You’ll be afraid
You may fail.
But, if you’re heart is in it. If God’s not against it. Most especially if God is calling you to it.
You need to follow your heart.
We typically follow most closely and passionately after those things which hold our heart.
You’ll typically find more success in life when you follow your heart.
Of course, this means you have to make sure your heart is pure, you are following after the right things in life, and you have an end desire to please Christ, but, after that, pursuing the dream of your heart will prevent you from living with one of life’s great disappointments… which is missing out on a dream because fear kept you from following through.
Don’t allow fear to be a roadblock to realizing the dreams of your heart.
Do you have any dreams you regret not pursuing?
Move and move now.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for theLord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9