Photographer: Margaret Madondo
Martin Luther King had a dream, I had and still have a dream, You had a dream and I hope you are still allowing yourself to get immersed in the land of dreams and accomplishments. We all dream but dreams don’t always come to fruition in the exact manner and at the exact time you want them to…
God’s calendar is pretty interesting. Preaching to the choir anyone?
Growing up I wanted to teach…I didn’t quite know what I wanted to teach. Looking back I think I saw myself on a big stage making a difference. My life back then though didn’t seem like it had the much needed substance and depth to make a difference. I hadn’t invented a light bulb, I hadn’t done anything ‘out of the ordinary’ and I wasn’t that ‘special’ …or so I thought ….BUT I thank God because the dream I had of making a difference still burns within me to this day. Not sure how I will get there, maybe I have already arrived but I encourage you and I both to believe that the best is yet to come.
Joel Osteen in his book IT’S YOUR TIME says you gotta stop thinking that your best days are behind you. God knows the secret petitions of your life. YEP! Those dreams you dare not share with a soul because deep down you wonder if it’s still possible to see them come to pass. It’s absurd to even think…to even entertain the idea that just maybe…somehow things will work in your favour because all the cards seem stacked against you.
YOU HAVE TO HANG ON AND KEEP THAT DREAM ALIVE!
I received a whatsapp video earlier this month. I have played this clip over 5 times *hides face* and the most important lessons I have drawn from this clip are a must share.
So you have a dream, GREAT but it’s also important to remember……
*IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DREAM BIG, BE READY TO FAIL BIG.
Raise your hand if you are scared of failure! If I had ten sets of hands I would raise them as high as I could. Sadly, or should I say gladly, I have failed on so many fronts, it stings each time but it doesn’t make it any easier when the failure blow strikes again.
Sometimes you see it coming, sometimes it takes you by surprise but to succeed and to see your goals and dreams come to life, you have to think outside the box and be willing to fail a few times.
Be willing to have people laugh and mock you.
Be willing to be the odd one out, be willing to be in a pit.
Be willing to make a fool out of yourself.
You only learn through this process and you become better equipped to deal with the magnitude of blessings your dream will come with once it comes to pass. Failure also allows you to remain rooted in your humanity. It is because of failure that we become more sensitive to the needs of others. When you fail repeatedly, you realise how important it is to help others succeed. Success is sweeter when shared.
*YOUR DREAMS MUST HAVE GOALS
Okay so you dream of being a counsellor? You want to be a counsellor so that what happens? Ever asked yourself that question? Sometimes I don’t even know why I want certain things to happen for me. Each dream much have a goal. Our goals should also be a direct reflection of what God would have us do.
All those that build without Christ labour in vain (Psalm 127:1). If you want to get into counselling so you pry for all the wrong reasons then ask yourself why God should give you the desires of your heart when you haven’t searched your heart.
If you are dreaming of being great so that you pat yourself on the back and bask in your glory then you need to go back to the drawing board. How easy is it to get into the self-gratification mode once things go your way-Again I raise my hand- I lose my way quite a bit! You pray so hard but once you get what you so deeply desire it becomes about YOU and how you are so great.
We all have a lot to learn and I pray that our gracious Lord continues to search our hearts (Psalm 139:23) so we become better candidates for his kingdom. This brings us to the last and final lesson I drew from this video clip…I’ll bet the most important of all three.
*ASPIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We live in a fallen world. One that is in DIRE NEED OF HELP, we all need help. I’m in need of help as we speak and so does the next person. Everyone is fighting some battle. Even as you read this-The bible says so. The bible promises that there will be many troubles in the world (John 16:33), troubles which blanket the rich and poor alike. As you fight and work hard to make your dreams happen- be willing to till the land- be willing to break a sweat with the aim of making a difference in this fallen world. I have seen some create employment for others; I have also witnessed how others provide emotional support to orphans and vulnerable groups when God blesses them. Let’s all aspire to do the same.
Your best days are ahead of you and when your dream comes to pass in accordance with God’s will, I pray that you remember to MAKE A DIFFERENCE because in the grand scheme of things, it ceases to be about YOU! In fact, IT NEVER WAS. Everything that was and is and will be should all be for the glory of God.
Let’s Dream BIG and Let’s Fail BIG!
~Gleam of Dawn~