Was there a moment, a point in time when you wanted to be somebody special or to do something bold, daring or humanitarian. Maybe you want ed to go places where others could only wish about...and achieve your greatest dream.
What was it? What was your dream?
My first dream career was to be an archeologist. This was long before Indiana Jones (not too long, I’m not that old). . .though he would have been certainly more inspiring than the real source of my motivation.
The original source was “The Mummy” and I don’t mean the one of the past ten years. During my childhood I watch the movie with Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff. It was a time when horror movies used real suspense and not that the gore of today. The idea of finding the tombs of hidden Pharaohs intrigued me.
But that dream so gave way, to my determination to be a professional baseball player. . .I was going to play first base for the New York Yankees. A back surgery ended that dream.
Next, it was to be the youngest United States Senator ever elected from North Carolina. . .when I was in high school, I made a list of the 19 steps it would take me to make that dream come true. I had completed 16 of them when things changed rather dramatically in my life.
My dream. . .my goal, my passion, my vision for the past 29 years has been to get the Body of Christ out of debt and into God’s abundant provision. It’s a dream that I see being fulfilled.
But let’s get this teaching back where it belongs. . .on YOU
First, what is a dream?
The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as:
“A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep” and as “A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration.”
We’re going to focus on the second definition. “A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration.”
What was your first dream? Do you remember it? Are you still living it?
Did you change those dreams as you got older or did you other others and circumstances to steal your dreams?
Just because someone couldn’t see your dream. . .doesn’t mean that it’s not real. Perhaps the reason they couldn’t see your dream is because it wasn’t theirs.
Have you ever thought about how you’d like to be recognized?
Genesis 37:19 says:
“And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.”
The dreamer cometh. I think I like that.
More importantly, it stirred in me this morning. . .that’s how God wants you to be recognized. . .as a dreamer.
Years ago, my fine wife Bev and I had the pleasure of meeting George Foreman. As a former heavyweight champion and entrepreneur . . .he is a delightful man.
Foreman once said:
“If you don’t dream you might as well be dead.”
If you don’t have a dream. . .I don’t think you should be dead. . .I just think you need to be taught how to become a dreamer.
What was your first dream? Do you remember it?
Are you living your dream? If not, why not and more importantly, what are you going to do about it?
If you don’t dare to dream. . .you’ll still get the same old. . .same old.
If you keep doing what you’ve been doing. . .then you’ll continue getting what you’ve been getting.
When you begin to dream . . .things begin to change. . .and the first change is within you.
Remember, nothing will change until either you or someone else changes. If you change you will follow your dreams. . .creating your own destiny. If they change. . .you will follow their dreams helping them create their destiny.
When you have a dream. . .your “want to” turns into your “have to.”
Here are the seven characteristics of being a dreamer. I’m going to share them as an acronym.
D. . .Develop specific goals with a daily timeline to make your dreams come true.
The difference between having a dream and not having one is like the difference between a treadmill and an escalator. You can work up a sweat on the treadmill but it’s not taking you anywhere.
However, a dream without a plan is just a wish. Write that down.
I want each of you. . .to get a legal pad, notebook, smart phone or some other data retrieval system and I want you to keep a daily list. . .once you establish your dreams.
Each night before you go to bed I want you to write down what you’ve done during the do to fulfill your dream and achieve your goals.
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R. . .Recognize and remove obstacles you need to overcome.
Recognize the absolute necessity of having God direct your path in overcoming all the roadblocks of life.
Accept temporary mistakes, detours and disappointments as just that, temporary. Learn from every mistake and move forward, no looking back or blaming anyone.
How do you overcome obstacles?
Psalm 34:19 in the New Century Version says:
“People who do what is right may have many problems, but the Lord will solve them all.”
E. . .Empower your efforts by feeding your mind a proper diet of inspiration, information and motivation.
When I first wrote this sentence. . .I thought I’d give you some practical tips on feeding your mind. . .even though I’ve done that before. But then God directed me to ask you
. . .how do you get wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill as a dream?
The same way everybody else does. . .you ask for it. . .you seek it. . .then you shall find it.
Matthew 7:7 says:
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
You have not wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill because you ask not.
The last 14 words in James 4:2 in the New Living Translation make a powerful statement when it says:
“….Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”
A. . .Activate Ephesians 6:8 by blessing others so God will bless you.
Ephesians 6:8 says:
“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
The Message Bible translates Ephesians 6:8 like this:
“Good work will get you good pay from the Master. . .”
Over the years I’ve had many people ask me how I can always be so happy even in the midst of difficult circumstances. It’s because I sow happiness.
If you want your dreams to come true. . .ask God to use you to help others make their dreams come true.
God will do for you what you’ve done for them.
When you become a Dream Maker for someone else. . .God will do the same for you.
M. . Move into strategic alliances with people who motivate you to move beyond
your comfort zone.
Who motivates you to think in possibilities instead of problems? Who provokes you to look for opportunities instead of reasons to fail? Who exhorts, encourages and edifies you to be more and do more than you previously thought possible?
These are the folks who should form your strategic alliance.
I’m not telling you to abandon your friends . . . but I’m telling you some facts. “Like” produces “like.” Your attitude, speech and behavior are directly affected by your friends.
If you’re committed to elevating your life. . .then add some new friends. Hang around folks who have their act together . . . personally and financially.
E. . .Energize your efforts so you never give up.
My philosophy is very simple. If you believe in what you’re doing . . .you will never give up.
Hebrews 3:19 in the Message Bible the scripture describes many of the Children of Israel:
“They never got there because they never listened, never believed.”
If you read and understand. . .then act on the Word of God. You know you will succeed in life. . .your dreams will be fulfilled as long as you never give up. It’s not a question of if. . .but when.
2 Corinthians 4:8 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up.”
Your dreams may be under attack. . .but the Lord is saying to you. . .regardless of your current adversity, whether it’s relatively new or has been around for a long time. . .you are to never give up.
R. . .Rejoice in the Lord who gives you everything you need to think beyond your imagination.
On this seventh key. . .I don’t need a lot of teaching. . .just a real close look at Ephesians 3:20 in the Amplified Bible which says:
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
The life of Joseph gives us insight on how others respond and react to your dreams.
Some people will not understand your dreams.
Genesis 37:8 says:
“And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us. . .”
You have to realize that some people will hate you because of your dreams.
The remainder of Genesis 37:8 says:
“. . .And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.”
Some people will want your dreams to go away permanently.
Genesis 37:20 says:
“Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.”
There is only one person. . .that should have an immediate and lasting impact on what you think about your dreams. . .and that’s the Holy Spirit.
There will also come a time when others who heard your dreams will be impacted by the remembrance of them.
Genesis 41:20 says:
“And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret.”
A Godly person can gain wisdom and direction through dreams.
Daniel 1:17 says:
“As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”
You’ll never be too old to dream.
Acts 2:17 says:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”
I love reading stories of people who despite the odds and the negativity of their surroundings achieved their dream. . .and as a result, improve the quality of life for all of us.
Will Kellogg by all accounts was introverted, only had a few friends and no obvious gifts or talents in any area. He started his business career selling brooms before moving to Battle Creek, Michigan to help his brother Dr. John Harvey Kellogg run the famous and some say, infamous, Battle Creek Sanitarium.
Will worked for his older brother for $87 a month. In an endeavor to improve the quality of food for the patients Will accidentally discovered corn flakes. He allowed boiling wheat to stand too long and when it tempered it rolled into a flake. Will asked his older and at the time, more wealthy brother to help him market the flakes but he refused.
But yet, Will’s brother didn’t keep the commercial potential of the corn flakes a secret and one guest at the sanitarium, C.W. Post ran with the idea and started his own company Post Cereals, which later became General Foods.
Will became so upset about what had happened to his dream that he left his brother’s business and in 1906 started his own, the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which later became the Kellogg Company.
Will had a dream. . .the person closest to him doubted and then someone else copied it (I’m being nice.)
You must realize that if God stirs a dream in you. . .don’t let anything or anyone hold you back from achieving your goal. . .your divine destiny.
One last thing, Will was 46 when he started his own business in 1906, when the average life expectancy was 47. And by the way, he died at the age of 91.
Never ever give up your dream.
It just stirred in my spirit that some might be saying….what if I don’t have a dream?
Here’s a fact…if you don’t have a dream to motivate and protect you…you’ll just spend your life going from one excuse to the next.
Without a dream. . .each day becomes “not today.” Meaning your life and the quality of your life is not going to improve today.
Without a dream. . .someday will soon turn into never.
As I started typing this teaching. . .it stirred in me that our Heavenly Father wants His children to have dreams.
What is your current dream? Do you have a plan to make it a reality?
I want each of you. . .to get a legal pad, notebook, PDA or some other technique and I want you to keep a daily list. . .once you establish your dreams….
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President Theodore Roosevelt once said:
“I choose not to be a common man. Me, it’s my right to be uncommon if I can. I’ll seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen--humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk, to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.”
Dr. Benjamin Isaiah Mays once said:
“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideals, but it is a disaster to have no ideals to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach. -
George Bernard Shaw once said:
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, MAKE THEM. -
We’ve talked about being a Dream Maker but we must cover the other two types of dreams.
Dream slayers….always seeking to disillusion, discourage or dishearten the dreams of others.
Dream chasers….people who talk the talk but never walk the walk. They spend their lives talking about what they’re going to do. . .but never do.
Now you know why we want you to be a Dream Maker.
In closing, let me share with you a few of my favorite quotes on dreams.
First, Dexter Yager, a strong Christian and successful Amway entrepreneur said:
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile dream”
Second, Sam Walton said:
“If you believe in your dreams there is no limit to what you can do.”
Third, Mark Twain said:
“Don’t give up your dreams. When they are gone you may still exist, but you’ve ceased to really live.”
Fourth, Walt Disney said:
“The secret to making dreams come true is: curiosity, confidence, courage and constancy.”
Wait. . .look. . .here comes a dreamer. . .it’s you.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS