Dreams. There are two kinds of dreams. There is the kind where rainbow unicorns and aliens team up to bake a birthday cake for Cinderella, hopefully these are the ones you have while sleeping. Then, there is the kind of dream that is like a wish or hope; a desire within us. Those passions within us, I believe, have been placed there by God for a purpose.
Without a dream it is hard to be focused and know what direction we need to go. It should be a dream for all of us to be closer to God, that's one thing. However, within each of us is a separate passion that can be used to glorify God. My dream is to be a speaker and writer for my sisters in Christ. It was not always so. We learn more on the journey we are set on by our dreams than by achieving the dream itself. Perhaps you think your dream is silly or you can't see how God could possibly use your talent or desire. Perhaps there is something along the pursuit of that dream that He wants to show you that could rock your world and change everything. We don't know. God works in wonderful and unexpected ways. As long as we seek to glorify him in what we do, He will use that dream.
Many times I have become frustrated and pleaded with God, "Why did you put this desire in me if I can't use it"? When really I am saying, "Why can't I use this the way *I* think I should be using it"? Yet when I step back and look at the chain of events that lead me here, they were all important parts of shaping who I am and how I view my desires. Often they were sad, or troubling times. Would I change them? Nope. Not one. I often look to Romans 8:28. These growing pains do hurt, but they are necessary. The path to the dream is just as, if not more important, than achieving it. Does this mean you'll never reach you dreams? Certainly not. God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into the nest. We must actively pursue our passion. It will not be thrown into our lap. Remember though, our idea of success should not be measured by the worlds standards, but rather by Gods.
In this world we often like to look at other peoples dreams and chuckle or shake our heads. Why? DO we not serve a God who does the impossible? Look at Genesis 18:14! An OLD woman about to have a baby. We would say impossible! Nothing is too hard for God. With the limits the world constantly places upon us it is hard to think of our God with NO limits. The scriptures are saturated with proof of Gods abilities...and yet we doubt. A human from dust? A baby born to parents 100 years old? Walls of a great city falling by marching around them then yelling? A man carried away in a chariot of fire? A great sea parting and thousands of people crossing on dry land? A bush burning, but not consumed? IMPOSSIBLE!! Not. With. God. Are our obstacles so great that God cannot help us overcome them?
Do you remember the new found passion you had when you first became a christian? You felt you could take on anything and change the world. As time went by and people dribbled a few drops of doubt on your fire here and there your passion grew weaker. Those dribbles grew larger and soon your fire was low and your spirit was quenched. Not like a refreshing quench your thirst. Rather extinguish a fire that is supposed to keep you warm and safe. There is a stark contrast. Let's shift our focus for a moment from our dreams to the dreams of others. Do we encourage the passion and desire to serve and conquer mountains, or do we sprinkle some water on the fire? Look at 1 Thess. 5:19. You do not know the power of God or what he may have planned for that passion. Should we not encourage and guide? Hebrews 10:25 gives us an idea. Don't snuff out someones light because YOU think THEY can't achieve it. They may not be able to, but God CAN.
Here is a little thing for you to try. Look up Phil. 4:13. Read it over and over. Each time emphasize a different word and think about how it sounds each time. Like this:
*I* can do all things through Christ who Gives me strength.
I *can* do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
I can *do*all things through Christ who gives me strength. Keep going until you've emphasized every word.
Make your dreams big, because God is bigger. Open your heart to the ways he wants to use your passion. Feed your fire. Read scriptures, pray to God. Let God shape and teach you on your journey. Fan the flames of others. Remember....... "Nothing is too hard for God."