Remember the commercial with the saying: A life, what a terrible thing to waste.
That is exactly the result of a person without a dream. Without a passionate dream our lives become a futile meandering. Dreams give us purpose and help us discover why we were born and why God created us.
I believe the discovery of our dream is of the highest importance in our lives. A dream is the breath for our future and the heartbeat of our passions. A dream gets you out of bed everyday, drives your planning and orders your life. A dream instills your disciplines, helps determine what you’re learning and chooses your friends and colleagues. A dream decides whether you need college, vocation school or no school at all.
Statistics tell us that only 3% of Americans are living their dream. Most people that I work with have experienced difficulty discovering their dream. It has been said that the poorest person is never the one without wealth, but the person without a dream.
You see, if we are going to live a life filled with purpose it must include a dream.
Let’s define dream.
A dream is an invisible picture of the life that God had designed specifically for YOU! I believe that God first designed our purpose, and then we were made. I do not believe that we were made without a purpose or to find our purpose, but that our purpose finds us.
I love how Psalm 139:13-15 describes how we were made … For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Here is some Dream Data.
1. Dreams begin with God.
God is the dream giver. Every time God personally encounters people in Scripture, He immediately begins to reveal His dream for their lives.
For Abraham – a dream to be the Father of many nations
For Noah – a dream to build an ark
For Moses – a dream to lead a people
For Joshua – a dream to finish the legacy of Moses
2. Dreams stretch our lives.
For most of us, our dreams are never easy. They require faith, courage and resilience. God’s dreams are never seen through sight, but through the eyes of faith. They require that we do not walk by what we physically see, but by what God has revealed that is not yet seen. God births the dream by showing us the beginning and the end. He saves middle portions because it is there, in the middle, that most of us find our struggles.
Someone said: Rose colored glasses do not come in bifocals because nobody wants to read the fine print of their dream.
God’s dreams normally require a departure from our comfort zones and require us to leave the familiar of the present and launch into an unknown future. God rarely gives us a simple dream. God’s dreams always require that we conquer our fears and stay dependent upon Him.
God normally gives us dreams that are one size too big. God’s dreams always demand personal growth and the developing of our character.
Next time we will unpack how God develops our character during dream development.
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