Take a moment to think about the dreams in you. Maybe it is to write a book or to run a marathon. Maybe it is to have a family or to travel the world. Maybe it is to start your own company or to teach. Maybe it is to lead your workplace to Christ or to be a leader at church or to serve on a church staff. Or, maybe it is to be “Dorothy.”
You know the dream. Maybe you have suppressed it because you never thought it would happen. Maybe in your life, you have listened to the doubters and they have deterred you. Maybe you have become distracted by the other things in life and have settled for the less.
But, don’t forget about the dream. The fact is – it is God who gave you the dream. He puts desires in your heart and dreams in your mind. And, I believe God has been working in your life ever since He gave you the dream. Just the evidence of you dreaming means God is alive in you. He will accomplish those dreams if we will just trust Him.
God is preparing you for what God is preparing for you.
If you trust Him, God will bring the dream in your life to fruition. God has always been working in your life to prepare you for this dream. Look back and look up. Now, the accomplishment of God-given dreams always comes in His timing and not ours. Just ask Abraham who waited and waited and waited to have a child because God gave Him a dream of being a great nation. Just ask David who waited and waited and waited to be the king even after he was anointed many years earlier. Just ask Joseph when it seemed his “dreams” would never come true.
God will bring His dreams in you to fruition, but He is inviting you to do your part. So, what steps are you taking? After you identify the dream, then you need to start to practice. Learn the lines. Take steps to start seeing those dreams come to life. It isn’t easy, but the best things in life (outside of salvation) never are. Yet, this is what makes the accomplishment of dreams even sweeter. When you cross that finish line, when you turn in that manuscript, when you hear your children pray for you, when you see dreams come true, the hard work and time are all worth it.
Don’t stop dreaming. God is not finished with you. There is still breath in your lungs for a reason. Ask God to revive a dream He has given you or to give you a new dream.
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37
Then, as your dreams come true – here’s the fun part, join God in what He is doing in the world – and help make the dreams of others come true. Sponsor an orphan, go on a mission trip, pay for a student to go to Camp, and you will feel the joy God feels as He watches the dreams of His children fulfilled. Make one of your dreams be to help fulfill the dreams of others. In fact, when it comes to dreams, I think this may be the greatest joy of all…
…to sit on the front row and watch someone you love, who has worked so hard, accomplish their dream. You stand up, clap, cheer, throw flowers, and give praise to the One who allows you to be a part of what He is doing. You are so thankful and proud – just like God is for His children.
And, in the process – you dream again.