Each year my hometown, Albuquerque hosts The International Balloon Fiesta. Hot air balloon enthusiasts from around the world come to fly their balloons. The morning sky is polka dotted with flyers! It’s magical. Each crew has two groups: a flight crew, and a chase crew and they do exactly that: One flies and the other chases. I think hot air balloon can teach us some things about chasing our dream!
Everyone wants to fly, but learning to chase is vital. When ballooning, the chase crew follows the balloon’s flight path through the city. They must know the streets and rules. They must never be discouraged, and they must always keep chasing! Like chasing our dreams, we study our craft; we follow the “flyers” closely, and keep driving. Unfortunately while on the ground, we run into setbacks and can get discouraged. How do we overcome feeling jealous, stuck, or doubtful while chasing our dreams? Prayerfully, let’s face these together with a few encouraging scriptures.
Jealously is Unwise
When others are flying high and excelling, how do you feel? I feel jealous and almost immediately, I begin comparing. To confront this nasty, discouraging feeling, I use scripture to keep me on my chase path. “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise”(2 Cor. 10:12, NIV). I must look pretty foolish to God while I make Betty Sue the standard. For if I search for skills that others have and come up short, I will be discouraged for no good reason. Do you believe you have the talent or resources to fulfill your dream? You do; you have it all! “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”(2 Cor. 9:8, NIV). Chase Rule 1: Make God my standard and he takes care of the rest.
Stubborn Hearts Can’t Be Used
When your roads lead nowhere, overcome discouragement by finding a new way. I drove myself into the woods and stubbornly prayed for a road to appear. God had to tow me out! Here’s what he said, “Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you”(Psalm 32:9, NIV). Stubborn hearts shackle themselves to one path and refuse to understand seasons of change or any change in plan. When the chase crew drives to a dead end, they turn around and find a new way. They commit to follow the balloon, not the road. God may be reestablishing your path, not your dream. Be encouraged! Chase Rule 2: When reaching a dead end, keep my dream in sight. Reroute and chase on!
Doubts That Kill
When we chase our dreams we reach canyons that seem impossible to cross. The walls are high and the divide is vast. Discouragement sets in. Doubt drives our faith closer to the cliff’s edge. For years, my words killed my faith and my dreams never took flight. Then I took a leap of faith and began speaking words that reflected the promises of God. Proverbs reminds us that, “He will be satisfied with the product of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue”(Proverbs. 18:20-21, NIV). Understand dreams chased by crippling words will never fly. But dreams that fly are dreams fueled by faith. Chase Rule 3: Be satisfied with God’s promises.
As I chase my own dreams, I realize more everyday that Jesus is the hot air balloon. Jealousy, stubbornness, and all the doubts that cross my mind may discourage me to keep my eyes on Him. But chasing Him closely dissolves all discouragement. I am encouraged by his love and motivated by his favor. Instead of racing to compete, I chase to connect. Instead of stopping at stubbornness, I follow with understanding. Instead of driving my faith off the cliff, I build the bridge of faith with His promises.