Dream Big

Dream Big

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 ® NKJV

I have a confession: I’m afraid to dream big.

When I decided to become an author, it was because I felt that God blessed me with the talent and I wanted to submit it to Him to be used for His glory. In retrospect, that was an easy decision to make.

When I made a New Year’s resolution to finish a book for the pleasure of saying “I wrote a book,” that decision was easy as well. Now, I don’t mean that it took me little time to complete, but on the grand scheme of life, writing a 116pg book was simple. When the publisher rejected said book, after prayer I decided to self-publish it. Again, easy.

But then friends and family began to suggest that I seek an agent. That I see how much farther my career could go if I published traditionally.
And. I. Quaked.

I was unnerved. Shouldn’t I be happy with the amount of sales I saw by publishing independently? Wasn’t it true, that God could help one single person who read my novella?

All of it was true, but what was also true was I was afraid what could happen if I sought an agent and went the route of traditional publishing. One person in my life suggested that my books could be turned into movies and I immediately shot it down. Because that’s like a one in a million chance, right?

​But didn’t God tell us with Him all things are possible?

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 ® NKJV

So why was I afraid to dream big? To believe that an agent would want to represent me? To believe that some publishing company believed my stories were sellable? Why was I afraid to dream big?

Because, deep down, I didn’t have faith in myself. I didn’t have faith that God gifted me. Because doesn’t that sound pretentious to believe we’ve been gifted by God? But God’s word is clear: we are gifted with spiritual gifts and talents. Not one or the other, but both. To be used for His glory.

So today, I’m taking the chance and dreaming big. Will you?

Be blessed and dream big,

Toni
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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. Love this post! This year I am dreaming big right along with you. I have finished two stories out of four that I’ve started. My big step this year is to query agents. I can’t do it in myself, but God gave me the words to write. He knows where He wants them to go. And as I’m waiting, I’ll continue writing. It’s great to see how God is moving for you, Toni!

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Yay, for dreaming big, Sally! When we take that step it’s a bit nerve wracking but also exhilarating. God can makes us fly when all we thought was to jump without injury. Praying for your endeavors as you dream big!

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  2. Great message, Toni! It is sometimes hard to see the direction God is pushing us, but sometimes even when we see it, it’s too scary to take the first step. You are exactly right, we need to remember that all things are possible through God!

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    I have to repeat that to myself when I let fear cloud my judgement. 🙂

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  3. I too find it scary to dream big dreams. But like you, I want to dream bigger this year. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Praying you have the courage to dream, Lisa!

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  4. Wonderful post. So encouraging. I wrote a post on Dreams last Saturday on my personal blog. I really don’t think God fears big dreams. He’s such a big & mighty God. With Him, all things are possible. Congratulations on putting yourself out there to dream big. I’m expecting exciting things to come your way, and you’ll be ready.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Thank you, Janet.

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