All of us has our own dreams, whether it could be for ourselves, for our family or for others. If I'm going to ask you right now what is one thing you want to be known for, what will be your answer?
Most of us will answer that we want to be great to some extent or we want to make our dreams come to reality but do we really have the idea how to make our dreams come true?
Today, I'm going to share to you four steps that I've learned from reaching our dreams and aspirations.
1. See the Dream
And then God answered: ‘Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time”.
– Habbakuk 2:2-3 (The Message Bible)
Many people doesn't know how to dream, well we cannot blame them as it was their choice. The first step to make our dreams come true is to visualize it. When I say visualize it, you just don't see it but feel it as you already have it. Ever wonder why we claim every prayer before we receive it? It is because it is an act of faith, believing for something to happen and bringing it to reality.
That's one of the reason why fearful people cannot dream. They were afraid because they focus too much on what the cost of the dream would be. They don't like taking risks - they told to themselves that they are lacking but the problem is not the supply, for God is the source, the problem is the receiving end because they are limit themselves on what God can give to them.
How do we increase our capacity to receive from our supply? By increasing the size of our dreams. I am sure that God will be pleased if we dream big dreams.
2. Sow the Dream.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
- 2 Corinthians 9:6 (English Standard Version)
We cannot sow our dream as it is invisible. What we sow is the seed of the dream. What are those seeds? They are the actions that we are doing to achieve that dream. Are we doing something that will help us to achieve our dreams?
It has been said that we will reap what we sow. I remember when I asked my mentor how can I be a great writer that can inspire other people, she told me "just write". Every little step we take will take us to another level. Keep sowing.
3. Be content with what we have.
“Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."
- Hebrews 13:5 (New Living Translation)
I remember that I have a dream to be a millionaire someday. I am not content with what I have and so I tried different jobs, I attended several seminars and trainings but on the latter part, I've felt there's something missing within me. God made me realized that I am not going anymore after my dream but I'm going after the money and so after that, I cherished what I already have and be content with it.
Act On What We Have
Many people could not even make their minds when it comes to their dreams. Instead of acting on it by making little steps, they rather focus on what they are lacking.
I heard this a lot from other people;
"But I don't have a college diploma”
"I can't speak English well,”
"I don't have the right connections.”
"I don't have time.” and etc.
God wants us to use and utilize the talent and gifts He gave to us. I remember when David decided to fight Goliath in a battle, wherein King Saul offered him a full set of armor and weapons he did not own. Instead, David didn't look at his shortcomings, he didn't even get jealous because other warriors has a good set of armors and weapons, he didn't even ask for a grenade or a machine gun to fight Goliath. Instead he trusted God and use what he has - a sling and a stone. He worked with what he had and God transformed it into a deadly weapon that ultimately left everyone in awe.
4. Surrender our dream.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
- Proverbs 3:5-6 (English Standard Version)
Admit it or not, the hardest part of all is to surrender the dream. Dhenn are you crazy? You told us to dream then afterwards you would suggest just to surrender it? I may be crazy but here's why it is.
The act of surrendering our dreams to God is also an act of faith. It was like saying to Him "God I'm happy and content without even this dream". It means that we are able to trust Him and ready to let go of everything, that our dreams would not become a hinder for us when He will give to us the blessing.
Joseph Campbell said "We must be willing to let go of the life we've planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
God simply wants us to enjoy everything. Because when we are desperate for something, it becomes our idol. When we are desperate for something not just money, very little comes on our way. Everything we earn is a struggle like we’re pulling a planet from the universe.
But when we are relaxed about everything —trusting that our source is infinite, that’s when the blessing come, and it is overflowing. Have you realize that? That blessing is always coming when we least expect it. The right people come. The right connections come. The right opportunities come. Almost effortlessly…
So relax! God is in control of everything!
The enemy is trying to distract us from achieving our goals, he will try to throw us mind-blowing accusations and make us afraid of what is ahead. That's why I don't believe that if a dream is from God, the journey will going to be smooth because from time to time there will be a testing for every blessing and God wants us to use our faith to overcome obstacles along the way. The bigger the dream, the bigger the vision the bigger the opposition will be.
I will leave you with this verse:
"Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours."
- Mark 11:22 (New Living Translation
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