We should dream and dream big. Children are dreamers. As kids, we had uninhibited dreams of what we wanted to become as adults. When asked what they want to be when they grow up, children will offer bold answers. Young boys want to be everything from professional athletes to astronauts. Little girls often dream of being actresses, pageant queens, or famous music artists. I suppose the variety of childhood dreams are endless. Do you remember what you dreamed of being as a child? I remember once telling my mother I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up. I’m not sure; maybe I had thoughts of developing a cure for cancer. Kids never place limitations upon their potential when they dream. As children, we dreamed without limits. Why does this stop in adulthood?
Dreams we embrace give our life a sense of purpose and hope. A dream is essentially a goal. Unlike the children we once were, we place limits upon our dreams. We often focus on what we consider possible rather than what we want to accomplish. The older I get, the more I believe we are often our own worst enemy. We are only limited by our inability to believe. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
The stress and challenges of life often cause us to stop dreaming. Going through life without dreams and goals will keep you defeated. When you dare to dream, it gives you a sense of purpose. Embracing a dream is about having faith. Dreaming is about believing for what may seem impossible. I believe everyone should pursue a dream. I also believe we should dream big. If your dream is something you can accomplish without God’s help, you aren’t dreaming big enough. Dreaming for what you want in life requires faith. We have a God who can to give us our heart’s desires if we place him first in our lives. I love what the Bible says about this. Psalm 37: 4-5 says, “Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you.” (New Living Translation)
Often people will try to dissuade you from your dream. You don’t have to listen to them. They will try to offer reasons it can’t be done. They mean well and say they are “only trying to help.” What they are actually doing is pouring doubt on your faith. Don’t let people talk you out of your dream. God is able to do immeasurably more than all we can think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) The only limit God has is the limit our faith places upon him. There is a story in the Gospel of Matthew about two blind men wanting Jesus to heal them. They cried out to Jesus saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” When the men came to Jesus he asked them, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” They replied, “Yes!” Jesus then touched their eyes and said to them, “According to your faith be it unto you.” Even though Jesus touched their eyes and prayed, he was placing it in their hands. Their healing depended upon their faith. You can read this story in the 9th chapter of Matthew. God can do great things for you and help you reach your dream. But, you have to believe and trust in him. You must believe he can perform the impossible.
When we stop dreaming, we stop growing and stop living. Ceasing to dream means we are settling for a life of mediocrity, and that isn’t what God wants for you. Mediocrity isn’t what you want for yourself; is it? Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, “I think I want to have a mediocre day.” When you wake up, you have hopes of having a great day. God created you with the potential for greatness. Achieving greatness requires you to trust God and dream. Every life of greatness and purpose begins with a dream. Nothing is impossible if you dream big enough. I like the words of the great Walt Disney. He said, “If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse,”
Living a fulfilling life with purpose begins with a goal and a dream. What do you want out of life? Where do you see yourself in the future? You have to have goals. If you aim at nothing, you achieve nothing. Envision what you want and pursue it with a passion. Make God a priority in your life and he will place dreams within you that will take you to a great destiny.
Have faith in God and know that nothing is impossible if you dare to dream. Where you are now is not necessarily your destiny. As long as you continue to dream, you continue to evolve and grow. Make sure when you dream, dream big! Follow the advice of Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
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