Sometimes I have the weirdest dreams, like the one I had when I was driving in the car with a giant guinea pig.
Other times I have the worry and stress induced dreams, like the one where all my teeth fall out, or I’m running away from trouble, but for some reason I can only run backwards; or the one where I need to scream, but no sound will come out of my mouth.
Other times I have the kind of dreams that you just don’t want to wake up from. The ones where you shut your eyes, trying to press play again.
But the best dreams aren’t the ones you have when you’re asleep. The best dreams are the ones that won’t let you get any sleep.
The things you get so excited about that you just can’t shut your brain off for ten seconds and fall asleep.
I don’t know about other people, but for me these often involve big risk, big adventure and showing people big love.
Whatever these things that keep you awake are, they wont do any good if they are simply the things that stop your sleep. As I once heard, our dreams don’t bother satan, only our actions can.
Our dreams aare only any use if, when the daylight comes, you go ahead and live them out.
That’s the hard part though.
It’s easy to stay up half the night dreaming, but that’s not how dreams come true.
Dreams don’t become reality by accident.
Bread doesn’t rise without yeast, and grape juice won’t become wine on its own. In the same way our lives are like stale bread, or a wedding without wine, if we don’t live with intent.
Our big, crazy dreams probably aren’t going to become a reality without a lot of effort, a heap of risk and a good amount of time on our knees.
Every day we can make small steps: if we live on purpose, with purpose and for a purpose.
If your dream is to be a missionary then start praying for the country you believe God has called you to. Start practicing trusting him with your finances. Start trying to live in a cheaper way.
If your dream is to write a book start writing.
Our God-given dreams often won’t be the easiest. They will normally require some kind of risk. A risk of security, or humiliation if it fails.
But even if these dreams never come to fruition. If they are the things God has called you to they well make a difference. Chasing them will bring you closer to Him.
So choose today how you are going to live. Are you going to live on purpose, with purpose and for a purpose or are you just going to keep on drifting through life. Like a ship with out a rudder.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2: 14-26)