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“Quit asking fear for permission to do that thing you know you’re supposed to do with your life.” –Jon Acuff
In just 23 days I get to watch my amazing sister Hannah graduate from high school. Hannah has taught me a thing or two about perseverance and accomplishing dreams. You see, Hannah was born with Cerebral Palsy…but she was also born to dance.
It was her dream since she was little – to be a dancer. However, she had to walk with a brace, and things that came easy for others were difficult for her. She has seen many difficult days and faced many obstacles. Still, she never gave up. I remember years ago having a conversation with her, and she told me, “Someday I want to have a dance studio for kids with disabilities.” She still has this dream to this day, and her overcoming spirit has turned into an amazing testimony for all who know her and have seen her life.
This past week, Hannah competed in a regional competition in dance and received the highest mark. She has performed in front of many people. She has taught and been invited to teach dance in several different places. This little girl, whom everyone thought was believing a pipe dream, turned out to accomplish far more than anyone ever thought possible – and her story is just beginning. I am so proud of her, and I am excited to see all that God will do in and through her in the years to come.
Accomplishing the purpose that God has for our lives is never easy…but then again, it is never the easy story that inspires us. Just like gold can only be purified in the fire, a solid character can only be forged in the flames of adversity. Do we truly want a faith that stands the test of time and trial? Then we can’t afford to run away from challenges or shrink back when fear comes knocking at the door. At the end of my life, I want my story to speak of courage, power, and triumph for the glory of God. It’s the everyday people who choose to radically believe the dreams of God who inspire us. Hannah taught me that, and she continues to inspire me every day to keep dancing in my own way for His glory.
What is that thing you know you must do with your life? Don’t let the obstacles you face define the outcome; rather let your faith define the outcome. Be courageous. Be bold. Be persistent. Be inspirational. You have one chance at this life; give it everything you’ve got!