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Despite the fact that I’ve never peeled back the cover or read a page, the simple idea of a book has propelled me to want more and desire better. 

More dreams, not more stuff.

Better planning and less wasting: time, money, talents.

More and better.

This particular book has a premise that struck to the heart: the author had planned to write about his life, but his agent was unsure that his life could entertain and compel. After all, would channel surfing and church on Sunday make for a best-selling page-turner?

In short, was his story worth telling?

A Turning Point

Jeff Goins is one of my favorite bloggers; he’s an “idea guy” whose words are my daily vitamins. He makes me want to write with more passion and dream the kind of dreams that flatten boxes and defy odds.

The other day I was making my way through a stack of emailed blog subscriptions and came to his post.

I had to read it twice.

In “The Secret to Your Next Creative Breakthrough,” Jeff reminds us that our life must support our career, not the other way around. Our life must inspire our art, just as the author’s life above had to be re-imagined to inspire his.

Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, the concept is still powerful: Does your life, does mine, inspire…anything??

Things got dicey when I came to this sentence. I stopped breathing for a moment.

“A writer can write a life he longs to live, or he can live one he longs to write.”

Wow.

 What This Sentence Means For Dreamers

I have an unwritten (it’s safer), probably-will-never-happen list of dreams (can’t afford them) that are hidden away in my heart (no accountability).

Yet this sentence makes me wonder: What if I actually charged headlong into those dreams?

What if? 

Ephesians 3:20 comes to mind,

” Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”

And so the questions are:

  • Am I living the life I long to write about? 
  • Am I trusting God to do “immeasurably more” than I ask or imagine?

The questions for you might be:

  •  Am I living a life that my children respect? 
  • Am I demonstrating integrity and living out the values I profess to believe? 
  • Am I inspiring someone…something…anything?

No matter which questions you’re asking, no doubt the answers are difficult. Real hurdles like bills and money and time constraints threaten to stand in the way.

But the beginning of this journey, I’m convinced, is in the asking. And today I’m asking for more and better.

Are you?