What I Did While You Were Dreaming

What I Did While You Were Dreaming

I talked to a guy the other day who I haven’t seen in years. He did really well in school and always had big dreams that made me feel like a bum. He always intimidated me because he was so impressive. He followed all the rules and teachers loved him.

He didn’t ask anything about me. But I didn’t really care. I was curious what amazing things he had been up to. This guy was one of those most-likely-to-succeed fellows in high school.

He told me about his time at a prestigious college. After some prying I discovered he hadn’t graduated.

He told me about a book he was trying to get published. After some questioning, I found out he hadn’t actually written it but he was “shopping the concept to publishers.”

He told me about his idea to start a not-for-profit helping people with something or other.

He told me about some countries he had been researching to visit. He planned to go on an around-the-world trip one day.

I walked away from the conversation thinking Why did that guy ever intimidate me? 

I say what I’m about to say with as much humility as I can pour onto the page because it’s purely God’s grace that has allowed me to live the life I’ve lived. But as I thought back over the conversation I realized: While he was dreaming I was out living the life he was dreaming of.

It’s one of those things that doesn’t make sense really.

There is no doubt in my mind that dude is way smarter than me. He’s more eloquent and way more intellectual. He’s an exponentially better writer. He’s even better looking than me.

But here’s the thing.

That stuff means nothing if you aren’t willing to act and just throw yourself into the fray.

Dreams get you nowhere. Action does.

Don’t be intimidated by the smarter, faster, good-looking people who talk big.

Use what you’ve got. Give it your best shot. Take action and you might just be surprised what God does with your efforts.

The art of using moderate abilities to advantage often brings greater results than actual brilliance.  -Francois de La Rochefoucauld