By: Joe Pellegrino– Picture this… Circa 1985. I am in New York City with my girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife. It is 159 degrees and I am carrying about 80 pounds of baseball cards I just bought on Columbus Avenue.
Even though I was 23 at the time, and had lived 20 minutes outside of the city all my life, I had never visited. So, of course, it was all new and exciting to me.
As we were walking, I looked up and there I saw the fabled Twin Towers. They were so big and appeared to be very close. I said to my girlfriend, “I’d really like to go see them”. She replied, “No problem they’re not far away at all.” That statement sure made sense to me because I could see them clear as day. But after walking around 30 minutes in the now 189 degree heat, we didn’t seem to be much closer!
The 80 pounds I was carrying was feeling more like 180 pounds and I was tempted to just drop them and leave. But once again, my girlfriend assured me we were very, very close.
As I recall, we NEVER made it to the Twin Towers that day. Instead we grabbed a cab or bus or train or whatever, and went back to Jersey.
Sometimes something that appears so close is actually quite distant. Dreams are like that. They will never be fully realized, in most cases, without a slow, hot, painful walk. The challenge is continuing the journey.
Think about it… Is there a dream that you have had that you never pursued, even though every fiber of your being tells you to move forward? You don’t because, in most cases, you are fearful. Fearful of failing or of what others will say. Remember: IT’S YOUR LIFE!!!!! Maybe this will help. Take that dream of yours and ask yourself 2 questions, “does this dream go against God’s word”. If it does than stop right there. But if not ask yourself “If I do this what is the worst thing that could happen?” Write down your answer and if you can live with it…GO FOR IT!
I promise you one thing: The journey maybe hot and long, but the arrival will be cool and worth it!
Joe Pellegrino is a men’s pastor, author, speaker, certified professional life coach, consultant and entrepreneur. He is the President and founder of Legacy Minded Men, whose mission is to “Transform lives by engaging, encouraging and equipping men to build a Christ centered legacy”.