Before I was introduced to WordPress.com, I used to post my musings on Myspace and Facebook. I came across this gem in my archives and thought I would reshare with my new WordPress.com family. Check out the continuation of this blog from 1/5/2011.
…One more time, how many of us actually follow our dreams?
Although this discussion could go on without end, there is an issue that hinders us from achieving our dreams or even helps to abort our dreams. It’s something that we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another and it’s definitely something that most of us suffer from on a regular basis… following someone else’s dream. Why do you think companies all around the nation have mission statements or vision goals or any other variant of the company credos? So that you’ll know their dream for the company in order for you to follow it. If you’ve ever seen a singer or musician on stage or a preacher in the pulpit or an artist painting a picture and said “Wow, I wish I could do that?” (knowing that God hasn’t given you the ability to sing, play an instrument, preach, or draw), then you’re following someone else’s dream and not being real with yourself. Because God has placed greatness and gifts and talents and desires on the inside of YOU (that are specific to you and you alone), following someone else’s dream is a quick way to unknowingly end your dream very slowly and very painfully (with an unexplained unfulfilling feeling every single day). The best way to say this is in a two question format… something a little like this:
“If money wasn’t an object, would you be working the job that you have right now?
If your answer is “no”, then what would you be doing?”
FYI… keep in mind that the Bible says that a man who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10) so if your answer to the second question is “nothing”, then dreaming isn’t for you either. This post is for those who know that you’re destined for more and not achieving it right now. I heard a pastor say one time that the graveyard is full of unfulfilled dreams. Are you planning on adding to that?
Parents tell their children, “Follow your dreams!” but do the parents actually believe that statement? Parents make sacrificial allowances for the child to be busy (church, school, sports, karate, music, etc), but do they show “following a dream” through action and demonstration, or is it that they want the child to do WHAT THEY ARE TOLD and not WHAT THEY SEE in hopes that the child will do something greater? Let’s say that these parents never followed their dreams. The children have no evidence to back up that “follow your dream” statement and (whether you know it or not) children are notorious for copying their parents. Those children grow up, become parents, and tell their children to follow their dreams. Of course, without any demonstration on how to do that, those children grow up and do the exact same thing and the cycle continues. In this scenario, there are three generations of people told to follow their dreams and do the exact opposite. To follow your dreams requires stepping out on faith. The Bible says that faith the size of a mustard seed moves mountains (Matthew 17:20), so how come we have trouble simply realizing the God-given dream on the inside of us?
My conclusion… a dream works when you wake up and work the dream.