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Throughout my life people have loved to tell me what my dream should be.  Sometimes it's been all about helping them achieve their goals and at other times their remarks have been based upon what they perceived as my most visible talents.  

One thing I've come to realize about people is that most have never stopped long enough to come to terms with what their dream really is.  A lot of people copy other people's dreams because they haven't taken time to seek God for their own.

Author Renee Swope in her book, The Confident Heart says, "When we don't know what our heart's desires are, we tend to spend our lives fulfilling the desires of others."

This is my favorite quote about daring to dream:


"All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that is was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible."  T.E. Lawrence

Dreaming is dangerous because when we are fulfilling our God-dream and purpose we have such power to change the world.


Have you had enough solitude to come to terms with what your dream is?  


May I suggest a few exercises to help you do that?  Get quiet and consider the following:

1)  Think back to what you loved to do between the ages of about 8-13.  What was your greatest love back then?   As a career coach I find that typically people's dream is rooted in what they loved to do during those years.  Those were the years before you were worried about paying a mortgage or a car payment.  You were free to be a child -- to enjoy, dream and create.  Back in those years I wrote constantly - journals, stories, even fake newsletters!  

2)  Is there something -- a goal, a desire that you can't go a day without thinking about?

3)  If money were no object -- if you were independently wealthy, what would you be doing?

Comments

Marie said…
Thanks for that inspiring article. I find that as I have grown in the Lord and better understood His will for my life, my dreams have changed. I would love to be a medical missionary to bring physical and spiritual healing to people all over the world!

Blessings!

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