How many times have you dreamed about starting fresh? Perhaps you’ve talked yourself out of your new beginning or pursuing your dreams because what you’re doing today is “safe”. Comfortable. Predictable.
Today I want to encourage you to dust off your dream. Many of us in this most recent year have experienced a barrage of negative inputs. In recent months, you could not turn on the news in our country, or even around the world, without being bombarded with negative news, political wrangling, senseless attacks, etc. It has been a difficult season.
When we’re under duress emotionally, whether because of news we hear or situations we encounter, we are prone to take our dreams, our hopes, the vision we carry in our hearts about our work and about our ministry and about our life, and we react by putting those on the shelf. Sometimes, as unfortunate as it is, we take them off the shelf and lock them in a vault. We tend to store out dreams out of sight, and out of mind.
It’s time to move beyond the dream-stuffing. First and foremost, pull the dream out. Wherever you have it locked away, get it out. Put it on the table. Shine some light on it. Get your mind and your heart re-engaged with the possibilities of accomplishing, receiving, walking in, experiencing your dream. Maybe your dream is to complete your education. Maybe your dream is to own a new home. Maybe your dream is to start a new business. Maybe you want to launch a foundation and impact the lives of many, many people.
I don’t know what your dream is, but I do know this: You have one. You might try to humbly or bashfully deny you have dreams or lofty goals or try to tell me you’re completely content with your current situation. You have a dream. Inside of every one of us is a created purpose which houses tremendous possibility and correlating dreams.
You need to get in touch with what is inside your heart. What do you want? What is your heart pulling you toward? What is your destiny calling you to? Pull that thing out. Dust it off. Re-engage believing what God has put in you and what God has put ahead of you is not only possible, but He has called you to do it.
I want you to dream again. I want you to believe again. I want you to begin the process of extrapolating the big picture and whittling it down into actionable steps you can take to begin moving forward. It doesn’t matter that it’s the middle of the week, or the middle of the year, or the middle of your life. Start now.
Some of you need to be reminded: No one can keep you from accomplishing your dream. There is not a single politician, not a boss, not a friend, not a family member, no one, not one person can control whether or not you achieve and accomplish and step into the fulfillment of what it is you’re born to do. It is simply a choice you make.
Again I will say, dust off your dream. Re-engage the possibilities. Get after it. If you need to, hire a coach. Get involved in a mastermind group, find people who will support and encourage and challenge you. Dream. Dream big. Dream way outside the box. Dream outside of the realm of what you have before today believed possible because right now is the time great things are possible.
I believe in you, and I know there are great things ahead for you. Embrace the new beginning. Don’t hang out in yesteryear. Go for it. Do the deal. Be who you were created to be, and do what you always dreamed of.