Do you know the link between dreams and reality?
Can I ask you a question? When is the last time you let yourself dream? I mean really dream – about what you want your life to look like.
Most of us can dream about tomorrow. Our problem is we don’t know how to get fully unstuck from the routines and demands of the present. The cycle of life overtakes us. We feel the tension of our dreams in conflict with practicalities (bills to pay, kids need attention, our partners to consider, and the list goes on…). How do we respond? We edit our dream. We shrink back, and as we become smaller we play smaller. Instead of taking bold and audacious steps in the direction of God’s calling, we hesitate. We wonder if maybe it’s not the “right time” to move forward. Invariably we bury our dreams AND STAY STUCK. I’ve done it myself – and that’s why I am adamant about making sure YOU don’t get stuck.
I sometimes think that we make our spiritual lives too mechanical. It isn’t about pleading, negotiating, praying, and fasting. It’s about being clear in your own heart about what dream you want to see manifest.
Habakkuk 2:2 reminds us, “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.” Did you catch those 3 steps?…
Write the vision down. Make it clear. Run with it.
Step# 1: Write The Vision Down
Don’t let “reality” or “false wisdom” rob you of your dreams. There is nothing too out of the box, nothing you can’t afford, nothing too unrealistic, nothing too silly—when you dream. When it comes to vision – if it doesn’t make you a little nervous it’s not God.
Step #2: Make It Clear
Dream for everything and anything. Be specific. If you dream of a new bike—what color is it? If you dream of the perfect family vacation—where are you going – skiing or to the beach? If you dream of the perfect companion —is it a dog or a spouse? The point is, you need to stretch yourself to see as much detail as possible! When you do this, you create a sensory radar that picks up on cues and connections that correspond to your destiny.
Step #3: Run with It
Once you have your dream book, begin to meditate on it. Bring it with you to the coffee shop, to work, heck, bring it to the gym to read while you are on the elliptical…and ADD to it. Your vision is a living thing. As you feed it, the vision materializes.
Then, begin to ASK God to bring these dreams into reality. Pick one or two that you can begin working on today. Watch how God will surprise you time and time again with the very thing that was in your heart.
BONUS Step #4: Dream With Others
Once you get clear on your dreams, begin to get clear on the dreams of others. There is nothing more powerful than unlocking the dreams of your spouse, children, or staff. Have them follow steps 1,2,3 and then have them share those dreams. If you really want to transform a life see what dreams you can make a reality in their life.
Your calling is God’s plan for your life. It’s the heavenly version of the thing you call a “dream.” There is nothing more important in your life for all time and eternity than fully answering the call of God.
Question: What is the most recent dream you’ve had that is calling out to you to take action this week?