What would you say if I told you that two killers were on the
loose in your neighborhood and you were accused of aiding and abetting them? I’m
sure you’d never do something like that… or would you? Well believe it or not
There are two
killers on the loose and they are hiding out in a place you least suspect.
These two killers are the best in the world. No matter how many times they are
captured they always manage to escape.
They are more
sinister than those behind the September 11th attacks, more terrifying than the
deadliest diseases, and more intimidating than the fiercest bully.
These two always work together. In fact it’s in togetherness that they get their power.
They have no respect for age; they kill young and old alike. However, they don’t kill the flesh, that’s much too obvious after all you may catch on and
try to protect yourselves and your love ones.
These killers are
after something else. If allowed to go unchecked they will destroy your dreams,
your faith and your hope for a bright and beautiful future. They will reduce
you to doubting your abilities, your purpose for being and your very worth as a
person. These two assassins will not be found walking the streets, or hiding in
bushes, in fact they hide in the most unlikely place… your mouth. These killers
that I’m talking about are two simple words that we use countless times
throughout the day.
The two assassins
that I speak of, the killers of dreams, the instigators of doubt are the wordsI can’t.
What gives these
words so much power is that they cause you to kill your own dreams without
realizing. Every time you say I can’t a little piece of your dream dies because
in essence you’re saying I’m not even going to try.
Many of us today
are less than we should be, less than we want to be and less than God called us
to be because we have allowed these assassins free reign over our lives. We
have allowed it so much that many times we won’t even try anything new. Every time
we are presented with a new challenge the first words out of our mouths are the
words I can’t.
I dare you as of
this moment to say something different. I dare you to stop letting those two
dream killers have free reign in your life. I dare you to instead of saying I
can’t say I’m going to try. You may not succeed at everything you try to do but
at least you’re putting yourself in race.
This article was
originally the introduction to a sermon I gave during a Youths’ Day service several
years ago. I’ve been thinking a lot
about achieving dreams lately so I decided to share this again. I’ll probably be doing another post about
dreams and goals soon as I continue to think out loud.