Kristen and Robert Lopez won an Academy Award in 2014 for their song “Let It Go” from the mega blockbuster movie Frozen.
If you have small children, you’ve probably only seen it 1000 times and know the song by heart. “Let It Go” sold more than 10 million copies in 2014, but what’s easily forgotten is the fact that seventeen songs they wrote didn’t make the cut. “Let It Go” was the 18th song pitched to Disney for the title track of Frozen. Most of us give up after 2 or 3 rejections, but to achieve the highest level of success you need a high pain threshold when it comes to failure.
How have Robert and Kristen achieved so much success in songwriting? I love their answer: “First of all, we have to get a babysitter.”
I love that answer because it reminds me, success is not sexy it’s sweaty. It’s not glamorous it’s gritty! You don’t accomplish great things because you get lucky, you accomplish great things because you keep working when it would be easier to quit.
If I’ve learned anything about having big dreams and big prayers, it’s that it will almost always take you longer and be harder to realize than you think. When our current reality seems nowhere near our projections we begin to doubt our dreams will ever come true or our prayers will ever be answered. Fear becomes very real, and discouragement sets in. That’s why I love the story of Eleazar in 2 Samuel 23.
Eleazar and David we’re getting ready to battle the Philistines when they turned around and realized their army had left them, not just some of them, all of them tucked tail and ran. Eleazar and David were all alone- two against the entire army of the Philistines. This is the time when you and I would take off running as fast as we can, at the least, we would probably try to negotiate our way to some kind of truce, but not Eleazar. Instead of retreating, he began to talk trash to his enemy. The Bible says he and David began to taunt the Philistines.
Have you ever had one of those friends who even though they were smaller than everyone else, they were always running their mouth? No matter where you are, they are always picking a fight? That was me.
I grew up playing basketball in Atlanta, always one of the smallest guys on the court but always the loudest. I acted tough, but I never intended to fight anyone. I would hide behind my bigger teammates making it appear they were holding me back, and luckily they never moved out of my way. That’s how I picture Eleazar. The Bible doesn’t tell us, but I imagine a little 5 foot nothing cocky kid jawing at everybody. The difference between Eleazar and me was he had every intention of not just fighting but winning.
That’s what confident warriors do; they taunt the enemy.
There is a difference between hoping God will answer a prayer and being confident God will answer a prayer. Hebrews 11 tells us Faith is being confident of what we hope will happen. So often as believers we diminish faith into nothing more than a fingers crossed hope that our prayer will be answered or our dream will come to life, but what if instead of just hoping we started acting a like a warrior, confident victory was a certainty.
According to the Apostle Peter, our enemy is a roaring lion. I’ve always found it interesting Satan is described as a roaring lion and not a biting lion. He’s all bark and no bite. His goal is to make enough noise in your life to keep you afraid and doubting, but what if like Eleazar instead of retreating you decided to taunt your enemy, because you know victory was not a matter of “if” it’s only a matter of “when.”
I read a story recently about a missionary who was praying for an SUV to be able to carry children back and forth to their village. While he prayed, he decided that waiting wasn’t enough, so he decided to wash his future SUV. Each Saturday he would get out soap and water and wash an imaginary SUV in front of his house while his neighbors stared at him. I love his swagger. It wasn’t a matter of if just when.
Recently, I’ve begun walking around the Kmart near the church. As I walk around the store, I will come to certain sections and pray, “God thank you for the incredible sanctuary that is going to be in this corner. Thank you for the marriages that will be restored in this room, Thank you for the addicts that will find freedom in this room, Thank you for the people who will get saved in this room. I’ll go to another section of the building, and I will pray, “God thank you for the hundred and thousands of children who will hear about how much Jesus loves them in this room. Kmart isn’t closed yet. Even if it was, we don’t have the money to purchase the building. Even if we had the money, there’s no guarantee we could get it, but that’s just noise, I’ve decided I’m going to go ahead and talk some trash to the enemy because it’s not a matter of “if” just “when.”
What might happen if you decided to start strutting with the confidence of a warrior who knew victory was a certainty?
What if you went ahead and started wearing your suit to work even though you haven’t gotten the promotion yet?
What if you went ahead and wrote out the check you dreamed of giving, but can’t afford it yet?
What if you printed out the picture of the destination of your 25th wedding anniversary trip even though you’re not sure if your marriage will survive this year?
Don’t quit. Don’t cower. Stand your ground. Keep fighting for your dream, keep praying for your miracle, keep going to your meetings, keep going to marriage counseling, keep going to class, keep going to church, keep tithing, keep going to work. God is going to give you a mighty victory. Act like it.
*Stories taken from “Chase The Lion” by Mark Batterson
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