“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that counts, it’s the person.”
-The Doctor (Doctor Who)
When I was kid, I had oodles of dreams. I wanted to be an artist; I wanted to be a teacher, a firefighter, a power ranger, and more. That was a wonderful time in my life, I didn’t have a care in the world and no bills to pay either.
I could dream and imagine, I could be anything. But then something horrible happened to me; I grew up. Children have a great imagination that somewhere along the way we lose because we have to “grow up.”
We focus on all the adulting stuff, and forget what it can be like to pursue a dream, to do what we love. Dreaming is a part of who we are. The God who created us, is a God of infinite creativity and imagination. Don’t believe me look at the platypus, that certainly is some kind of imagination God has there!
When Jesus showed up on the scene so He could show us how to live, he said this, “I came that they may have life, and life more abundantly.” (John 10:10) He desired for us to truly experience life, not just eternal life, but life here and now, with Him.
Recently, I have started to pursue my own dreams again, I’ve stepped into it as God has nudged me. He has been at it for awhile, I just tried to ignore it. I’ll talk about those dreams more in future posts. But for now, I want to share with you what I’ve learned about what we need to do to really dream.
1. Stop Putting It Off
We always say things like “I’ll do it Someday.” or “I’ll do it eventually.”
Unfortunately, that day never comes. Really, all that we are doing is lying to ourselves, because we won’t do it. Jon Acuff said, “Today is someday.” We need to choose to take action, otherwise, it will be too late.
2. Get Good Support
You will always need someone to help push you forward. That’s one reason I like working out with a friend, because they can help you keep going before you quit.
Be careful who you tell your dreams. Not everyone will think its a good idea, but you also don’t need “yes men” that will agree with everything. Find people you can trust, but that aren’t afraid to tell you the truth and be constructive.
3. Dream Everyday
This is important. You have to pursue your dream everyday.
Do something everyday that will get you a little closer to it.
Set time aside in your schedule. 30 minutes or an hour, or whatever you can spare.
Somedays will be more productive than other, but don’t give up.
4. Count God In
This should be obvious, but the one who gave you the talents and mind to dream it in the first place should always be involved.
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Some translations say, “and you will succeed.”
Why? Because God knows best, we have small minds, and small dreams in comparison.
Not only that but He has got all the resources you need. You will benefit greatly from giving God your dreams, and letting Him guide you to greatness.
Dram again and keep dreaming.