Beth Armstrong

Christian wife, mom, & author. Doing life with my eyes fixed on Jesus. I walk, I stumble, I fall. But God is big. And this is what I write about… Thanks for stopping by!


If you watched the Olympics at all you inevitably heard several phrases like, “Never give up on your dream, keep chasing your dream, all you gotta do is believe in yourself, you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.” They’re feel good phrases. They’re warm fuzzies. They’re motivational for some, inspirational for others. But is chasing your dream really legit?

Truthfully, you didn’t even have to watch the Olympics to hear mottos and maxims like these. Celebrities, athletes, politicians, entertainers, and anybody else who has tasted success spout off phrases like these intended to motivate, inspire, and aid all other dreamers out there.

Consider these:

  • “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney
  • “Always remember, you have within you the strength, patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman 
  • “In order to make dreams a reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~ Jesse Owens
  • “If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.” ~ Miley Cyrus
  • “So that’s my philosophy: If you believe in yourself, the chances and opportunities will come around.” ~ Mindy Cohn
  • “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.” ~ Richard Nixon

So, again I ask: Is chasing your dream really legit? I don’t mean to be a buzz-kill, take the wind out of anyone’s sails, or burst anybody’s bubble. You can chase your dream to your heart’s content. You can believe in yourself all you want. You can work, and strive, and pursue, and make plans, and put forth effort and discipline all you want. More power to you. (And I mean that sincerely!!) Go for it!

But…what if your hopes, dreams, plans, and goals for yourself aren’t God’s hopes, dreams, plans, and goals for you? Then what? What if your striving falls short? What if your effort doesn’t produce your desired results? What if your dream is never realized? What if your hopes are dashed over and over again? Then what?

Here’s where I struggle with all the inspirational/motivational/warm-fuzzy quotes above–in each one, it’s our dream, our goal, our hope, our effort, our belief in ourselves. We make the plans and we go for them. We rely on our ability by digging deep within ourselves. When do we ever stop to consider what God wants us to accomplish?

At some point we have to acknowlege Proverbs 19:21 which says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

The purpose of the Lord. Not my purpose. Not your purpose. And I think that has to be at the forefront of our minds as we seek to accomplish anything. Is chasing your dream really legit?

What are you striving for? Is it your plan…or God’s?


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  1. Sarah Sporrer on said:

    Well said, Beth. We all need to be reminded of this truth.

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