The Dream but Not the Drive

Do you remember the movie Grease? If so, you can probably think of one or two familiar songs. The song that always comes to my mind first is “Beauty School Dropout,” sung–I believe–by Frankie Avalon. In the movie, anyhow.

In that song, he sings about the girl in the story who’s dropped out of high school to attend beauty school. And she’s not doing well there. He specifically accuses her of having the dream but not the drive, and he advises her to return to high school. Which she does.

That phrase has haunted me for years. It’s easy enough to want something wonderful–don’t we all have a dream or two?– but working hard enough to get it gets us down. Some people can make a plan and stick to it all the way to the end.

I admire them.

But other people bog down along the way. Each of their dreams–no matter how worthwhile–turns into an “impossible dream,” to quote from the musical, Man of La Mancha. How sad to watch them settle into jobs they hate and other situations that seem easier to tolerate than to change.

I had the dream of becoming a published novelist. I thank God daily for helping me to achieve that goal.

But what’s my next goal? Is it a dream I can accomplish if I have the drive–the determination and stamina–to stick with it? What if it involves some things that are beyond my control?

Hmm. That’s when I need to remind myself that God, the Creator of the world and everything therein, is bigger than the biggest dream I’ll ever have. Although He wants to give me the desires of my heart, He also knows what’s best for me. Having my seemingly impossible dreams become reality may not be His will.

That’s one of the great things about praying for God’s will to be done in any given situation. He’ll always do it, even if it’s not what we want. And one of the great things about prayer is that it helps us to sincerely want only what God wants.

Have you attained a seemingly impossible dream? Did you ever feel that the harder you tried, the further away your goal seemed to be? Feel free to share that in a comment.


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