Living the dream.
Something which seems quoted far more than experienced.
We all long to live the dream…whatever that is. As a child I dreamt of becoming an A-list Hollywood star, an FBI agent, and at one time even the first female American football player for the Detroit Lions! (I know, can you imagine?!)
Yet how many of our childhood dreams become reality? At what age did I realise my talent isn’t quite A-list, I would be pathetic as an undercover cop, and the football helmet would definitely mess with my hair / make-up way too much to be worth the millions I was going to make!
All too early in life we choose to shelve the dream instead of trust it; we assume that the child was simply being a child and as an adult – things must look different. Maybe it comes with our first job, first bill, first mortgage, or first child, but somewhere along life’s continuum a decision is made to either forego the dream, or at the very least to modify it (read into that make it safe). And sometimes that is right. Me attempting to become the first female football player is right up there with the Queen trying out for England’s Rugby team. It just isn’t going to happen.
But are there dreams which have been modified to the point of moribund? They are barely gasping for breath, lifeless and weak, when at one time they were the strength behind us getting up in the morning. And those dreams, the ones which had true life in them at one time, are the ones which we need to re-examine. Have we shelved something out of despair instead of direction? Might it be time to pull a dream off the ventilator and breathe new life into it?
Joseph had a dream which landed him in prison. (Genesis 37) But whilst there he continued believing in the dream and acting with integrity, until it came to pass. Yes, it looked different than he originally imagined, but seriously, don’t they all?
This thought came to me a few months ago during an intense time of ministry. As I was ‘complaining’ to God about the stress and difficulty I was under, He reminded me that I grew up in a tiny Midwestern town in the US, and am now living in England, have a flat in London, am travelling and preaching at meetings, writing for magazines, and working for Him.
I am already living the dream; I was just too busy to see it.
My sense is someone has a dream they are questioning, wondering if anything will ever come of it? Bring it before the Throne room, ask the Lord for His direction, trust Him, be willing to fully obey, and always follow your peace. (Colossians 3:15)
Because who knows, quite possibly the child’s dream … isn’t just a dream….