So I've been thinking about a song which was popular back when I was in high school, "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot.
I know our little moves aren't as big as they used to be, when taking a step was supposed to have "changed the course of our lives" as we graduated into the real world.
I think now though, it's the smaller moves that are changing our lives the most.
For me, it wasn't getting married that changed me as much as going to India did - it was just the permanent sealing of a whole season that changed who I would be forever, moving forward. And it all shifted when I gave that half-hearted yes to a trip to Asia instead of Africa. I would have never known...
I'm not saying the big things don't change us. I'm saying the small things change us just as much - if not more. And we ARE daring to move every time we dare to admit our true loves and our deepest hopes. It's when you choose to admit you feel ugly or unlovable. It's when you choose to pick up that small piece of paper on the floor when God tells you to. It's when you choose finish what you start when no one will see if you give up. Like Strider chose to escort Frodo to safety instead of slipping off into the wilderness again -all of the little choices bring us to that one defining moment where our only option is to choose our destiny or die. And we wouldn't have it any other way.
It's the little moves to being real and to dreaming big and to risking deep pain to hope for the impossible things we hold dear in our hearts.
The tension is here: between who we are and who we could be. So I dare you to move - are you who you want to be?