If you were asked to map out your plans, your hopes and your dreams, could it all fit on paper?
Without even having anything substantial to prove the existence of your dream, are you able to speak on it so others are able to see what you see when you close your eyes and picture where you wish to be or wish to be doing in 5-10 years’ time?
Does your dream go beyond imagination? Is it so big that you could almost taste its reality?
When I say dream big, I do not only mean greatness in size, but I also mean dream life, dream realness; dream so big that it is not all in your mind but it is all pretty much alive and actively existing
Or, are you scared to dream beyond the reality of your current situation?
Are you choosing to settle down with staying within your “comfort zone” because you are unable to see the other side of the mountain?
It is so weird (or a coincidence… maybe?) that at the very moment of writing this, I was listening to Yolanda Adams – Never Give Up…
“So, keep the dream alive, don’t let it die
If something deep inside, keeps inspiring you to try, don’t stop
And never give up, don’t ever give up on you
Sometimes life can place a stumbling block in your way
But you gotta keep the faith
Bring what’s deep inside your heart, yeah your heart to the light
And never give up, don’t ever give up on you
No, don’t give up
You may not be where you want to be, but if your mind can keep that spark alive at least, then you are one step closer to that ultimate goal and one step further from where you first started. Believing in your dream is not naivety; it is the faith in a better finish than from the current race.
Our dreams are not in vain; our God is a limitless, powerful god whose promises are bigger and better than our doubts. Whatever is in His will, will be done. Sometimes it is hard to see what great plans He has for us, especially during moment of inactivity, hardship or loss. He is, however, preparing and preserving something sweet – something beyond your imagination but if you can just remain in hope and , you may just get a taste of what is in store for you…
“5Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.””
~Genesis 15:5 , NKJV~
9 But just as it is written, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him. ”
~1 Corinthians 2:9, NET~
Before the plant comes the seed; Before the dream, comes the plan
Figured it would be worth mentioning the importance of starting small – the importance of humility, investing, sketching, planting, building… see previous post How to be Fruitful (Successful)
You have to build your way up; unless you are lucky enough to have been born at the top. Work your way up and consider that, your seed will multiply and you will not remain at the bottom because your desire and motivation to progress will grow. The dream is being kept alive because, do not forget, your mind is already in the dream, you just need to get there in the physical and by starting small, you will be able to put the pieces of the jigsaw together, step by step, rather than having a cluster and being expected to figure it all out.
Starting small can, at times, seem like you are starting too far to believe in jumping that hurdle; starting too far to believe you will live the reality of your dream; starting too far to believe that your dream is not just a crazy ideology in your head to keep you going day-by-day, but starting small is how you can really take the time to purposely learn and grow from mistakes and appreciate progress before immediate gratification.
We work on God’s timing, not ours – we place our trust in Him to guide us and speak to us on when to take the next step and in which direction. Our dreams, in His hands, is like opening a bank account which promises to give limitless and a lifetime interest – when we go to withdraw what we have accumulated over a time of saving, investing, earning and even spending, we will have more than what we initially put it in.
Starting small does not literally mean starting with nothing and hoping to end up with everything, but it is our faith and trust in God that by giving Him all control and following His lead, we will not fall short of what has been declared for us. Moreover, humbling ourselves to admit that, because our dreams are so big yet attainable, we admit to needing His guidance on how to get there…
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
~Proverbs 16:9, NKJV~
“But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.””
~Mark 4:8, NKJV~
Ok, the dream cannot remain in the mind and neither can the seed remain a seed – it needs to go through that process of change, maturity, progress and evolution….
We need to grow!
We need to move from A to B; we need to transform from something good to great; we need to keep the ball rolling so that we do not remain at the bottom and so that we reach the “top”… why the apostrophe marks? There is no lid or cap so technically, there is no stopping in the process of growth – even when you reach ‘there’, you can still grow.
Every day we are experiencing new and different things – good and bad – which we can either choose to learn from, grow with, ignore or be a victim of. In order to move from a dream to reality, we need to ensure that for every lesson we encounter, we are adding, taking away, readjusting, adapting, re-evaluating, removing, replacing or rethinking – we cannot remain still and expect to elevate or move forward.
The way we think, calculate, process, plan and even how we envision our future will be different far along the journey if we are growing
Not to say that sticking to the same dream is not growth; if I were to be suggesting this, I reckon this post would be pointless, but what I am suggesting is that once you plant that seed, the work does not start and stop there – to ensure you bear good fruit and see your dream unfold, you may need to change your approach and attitude from time to time as you experience different trails and triumphs along the way
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
~1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV~
“Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,”
~2 Corinthians 9:10 NKJV~