I talked with a man a few years ago whose dream was to graduate from college. He said his dream was impossible due to his ripe old age of 26. He said, “If I start now I will be 31 when I graduate!” I stared at him for a rather long time. He was uncomfortable, so I asked, “How old will you be in four years if you don’t go to college?” He responded after another long pause, “Wow, I never looked at it like that!” He is now a teacher working on his Masters.
Concerning dreams and pursuing them Earl Nightingale stated, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
Time passes whether we are making excuses as to why we can never accomplish something or we are actively pursuing a dream that may be from the Lord.
A dream killer is the false idea that old negative line, “My dream must be reasonable.” Your relatives and friends will sing that song to ad infinitum. If you are satisfied doing only what makes sense considering your genetic mix, culture and upbringing, you are buying into an unusually boring life! Years ago I heard a man speak who had achieved far more in his life than could reasonably be expected state: “When I was a teen an old farmer told me, ‘Son, always try to do more than you think you can. It will be exciting and surprising. You will never grow old. Always have and cherish an impossible dream. When you accomplish an impossible dream, get another one and soon. When the ability to dream big dies, you die with it, you may not be buried for many years, but take my word, when the dream dies, your real life is over.”
Over the decades since I heard that story, I have always kept it near the surface in my mind and heart. It has refueled my motor on more than one dark period. I have walked, sometimes crawled, through the darkest of nights, knowing I have a biblical principle working in my life.
The principle of the impossible dream, The Quest, is born and bred into the mind and heart of men and women, even young people, of having what we sang about in public school when I was in elementary class, “There’s a star up there that’s beckoning along the heavenly way.”
Joel prophesied of a time when big dreams would be the order of the day. We are living in that era. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17, quoting Joel 2:28. So there! Get your dream and begin.
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