There is a form of courage that often goes unnoticed and under-appreciated. It is being a dreamer. It takes courage to dream, and it takes even more courage to dream BIG dreams. Dreaming dreams can be a very scary thing, because when we express our dreams and work towards them we are risking failure. God has called us to dream big.
Everyone dreams, but not the same. Most simply dream at night only to wake and find it was just a dream. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous, because they may act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible...
Do you have a dream? Is there something that you feel God wants you to accomplish in your few moments on this earth? Sometimes we are afraid to ask God for a dream because we are afraid that He will actually give us one.
The problem with daring to dream a big dream is that God is not just going to drop it in our laps. We must work for it and actually go out and do something. Dreaming big dreams is not for the faint of heart, the lazy or the couch-potato.
It takes hard work
We need to roll up our sleeves and strain for it. We must be willing to do things that we never thought we could do in order to accomplish our dreams. And there will always be giants in front of us. There will always be people that try to stand in our way.
[Proverbs 29:18 KJV] Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Without a vision the people perish. You perish without vision and the people you wish to help.
What do you do when someone around you has a dream? Do you know what the most common response is? People try to squash it! Instead of being an encourager (someone who gives courage) they become a discourager (someone who takes courage away.)
[1 Thessalonians 5:11] So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Let us be encouragers to those around us. Boxing coaches are encouragers aren't they? You have a boxer in the ring and he is getting a good beating. All hope seems lost and what does the coach tell him? “Get up and go hit him!”
I love the part in movies where all hope seems lost. Then the leader gets up and rides in front of the troops and gives some amazing speech that gives everyone hope that even if they die in the fight they are doing the right thing.
When people try to discourage you it's time to look to the One that gave you the dream. If God gave you the dream it doesn't matter what people say. It doesn't matter what you think is possible or reasonable. Now is the time to trust God and move forward.
Anyone can dream a dream but it takes someone who is fully devoted to Christ to actually go forward, against all obstacles, and take hold of that dream. Are you willing to follow the dreams that God has given you?
About the Author: Judah Thomas is the Worship Pastor at Faith Living Church, runs a christian blog, and is a husband and father of three.