I have been encouraging people to dream big dreams for years. I think part of the reason I want others to dream is so that I am justified in my own desire to dream. I believe dreaming encourages the heart and keeps a mind fresh. As we begin another year, I hope you have some big dreams. You will never have a dream for your life bigger than God’s dream for you.
As much as I believe in dreams and as much as I encourage them, it’s not enough to simply have a vision. Visions point us towards a direction, but if we never take steps to reach our dreams, most of those dreams never become reality. Therefore, my latest encouragement to people hasn’t been simply to dream big dreams. I want people to have a plan in place and work that plan enough to see their dreams come true.
Today I was reading my Bible (that’s always good for a preacher to do) and I stumbled across a verse that seems to teach this principle. Ecclesiastes is a book of wisdom. The intention of the writer is to help us learn valuable lessons for life. Here’s what I learned (or had reinforced) today.
For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:3) Lots of people have dreams. Lots of people spout out goals and resolutions. Many people, however, never reach the big ideas they have for their life. Why? I think it’s because having a dream is easy, but achieving a dream is hard work.
What is your dream? Are you willing to pay the price, sacrifice the time, resources and energy in order to see that dream come true?