15 Jul 2020

Don’t Stop Dreaming

When life happens and the weight of circumstances become overwhelming it is difficult to dream. Even when the dreams are not completely dead, there is little energy to pursue them. The fact that dreams occur in the awakened processes of our thinking, as well as during our sleeping state is remarkably interesting to say the least. It shows how intricate and unique the human mind is. Dreams have just as much significance whether they take place during one’s sleep or during wakeful hours when they are classified as daydreams or visions. Dreams have the ability to represent the possibility of something happening in the future. Psychologists and dream experts report that dreams consolidate recent memories and cross-reference them with older ones, oftentimes preparing one for a future time or experience. But what about dreams we have during the day? Dreams about what we want, the possibilities of what we can achieve, aspirations actually being achieved!

At one point or another, no matter our background, social status, age or stage in life, we have all “dreamed” about how we would like something that is just a desire to become a reality. That dream home, that car, that degree, that family, that job, that business. I guess we could say everyone at some point wants something they do not have. Is that wrong? Certainly not if kept in the proper perspective. It is simply a craving for something better. Better is not bad – remember the saying . . . “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” That quote encourages continuous improvement taking steps to enhance our life for better results. You see it is very rare that dreams materialize without effort and determination being the synergy for actualization. Yes, there have been occasions where someone dreams of becoming a millionaire and they hit the lottery! I won’t even take the time to research the statistics of how often that happens. I think we all know it is not a common occurrence. Let’s consider everyday people, living ordinary lives, that just want more! I like to think that not only is that normal, it is also biblical! The bible shares numerous scriptures that indicate the Lord wants His children, those who believe in Him and serve Him to be recipients of His best. What quantifies and qualifies His best? That is determined by God and the individual. My dreams are not your dreams, and your dreams are not mine. It doesn’t matter what your dream is or even the magnitude of it. It is still important and worthy of you chasing it! It means that we believe in the promises of God and that we are worthy enough to receive them. If indeed they are within the will of God and the fulfillment of them will result in His glory, then we must DREAM until they become REALITY! Satan wants to trap us, and honestly it is more severe than that. He wants to paralyze us to the extent that our focus is only on the present and the future seems beyond our reach! That’s when dreams get put on hold, buried, and even die. They die for lack of attention because we are so bogged down with the “now”. The devastation of discouragement sets in when we have “dreamed” and nothing materialized. But because our dreams are so important to our future and our destiny, I feel it is necessary to let you know what the Word of God says to enable us to continue to pursue those dreams. Don’t stop dreaming; push past fear, hardships, disappoint, past failures and missed opportunities. There is a whole world waiting out there filled with possibilities that will result in realities. You just have to decide if they are important enough for you to chase after them!

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”
(Joshua 1: 8)

“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
(Revelation 3: 8)

“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
(Proverbs 16: 3)

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
(Psalm 37: 4, 5)

“So, do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”
(Hebrews 10: 35 – 36)

“And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
(Habakkuk 2: 2 – 3)