Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Unfinished Symphony: David


  • Disappointment #1 – career: 1 Samuel20:1
  • Disappointment #2 – family: 2 Sam. 13:14; 15-18:33
  • Disappointment #3 – faith: 1 Chronicles 22:8-10
  • Potential Reaction – Options
  1. DIY – Nob (deception) + Gath (pretence): 1 Samuel 21
  2. Surrender: uncharacteristic – 2 Samuel 15:25



  • What are some of the ways I am tempted to do ‘spiritual DIY’?
  • Why is that dangerous?
  • Why do I find it hard to surrender?
  • Regrets can be crippling – any I need to repent of – 1 John 1:8-9?
  • Who can I pray for that is facing broken dreams?


Trying to become the first women to cross the Arctic Ocean by skiing and swimming, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen endured the following conditions: The sun shines a scant few hours a day; temperatures routinely drop below -75 degrees; the ice under their tent creaks and shifts with the currents of the ocean beneath it; when they travel, that ice can open into wide cracks, which the two must swim across in cumbersome dry suits while towing 250-pound sleds. They pack a .44 magnum revolver to guard against polar bears. In 2001, they had traveled more than 1,700 miles across the Antarctic. But they had 400 miles of ice left to go. Over the previous 94 days, the women had each lost 20 pounds. Bancroft had a shoulder injury. Arnesen had crashed through thin ice that covered a seemingly bottomless crevasse, yet somehow she had been saved from plunging to her death. Now, standing on the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, the end was tantalizingly close. The effort and goal of a lifetime was within their grasp. But the weather was deteriorating. The Arctic summer was at its end. Soon darkness would engulf them 24 hours a day. Blizzard conditions would intensify. Bancroft and Arnesen knew that if they continued the journey, they would risk the lives of the rest of their team, who waited for them aboard a small ship in McMurdo Sound. They would also risk the lives of pilots who might need to come to their rescue. The women had spent three years training and raising funds for the journey. Three million children followed their progress through the team’s Website. Still, with all of that on the line, the women decided the dream had to end. The annals of high-risk adventure and exploration are full of stories of those who put their ambition first and perished as a result. Those adventurers might have been physically brave, but morally, they were not courageous. There’s no courage when selfishness takes over. Bancroft and Arnesen showed the courage to act on their beliefs—that the team’s well-being mattered more than their own goals, that the true mission of the trip was not personal glory but setting an example. The price was high: relinquishing a lifelong dream. But the reward was in discovering their true mettle. “For me, exploration is about that journey to the interior, into your own heart,” Bancroft says. “I’m always wondering, how will I act at my moment of truth? Will I rise up and do what’s right, even if every fiber of my being is telling me otherwise?”

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