Well, my dream is to make a profound positive impact on the black community. And through Reads and Reels, I can see some of that coming to fruition. This weekend, I led a group of 15 volunteers in New Orleans as we participated in the ongoing rebuilding efforts. It was a humbling, educational, inspirational, reassuring, lesson-learning, comical, friendship-building time, and I’m so glad that I had the idea and acted on it. I’ll definitely be doing it again very soon. I’m uploading pictures and sharing stories over the next few days.
For Memory Lane Monday, though, I want to share this piece I sent to friends on May 4, 2007 after a sermon I heard.
“Look, this dreamer is coming!…Let us…kill him.” Genesis 37:19-20
What’s your dream?
Everybody has a dream. What’s yours? If you could do anything, what would it be? Most of us don’t achieve great things because we give up, we fall short, we get off track, we settle, or we dream too small. Only two things stand in your way: dreaming it, then doing it. Have you dared to dream, really dream? If something is within your apparent reach, it isn’t a dream. If it doesn’t stretch you, cost you, or involve risk, it isn’t a dream. Dreams change you even as they change the world around you.
Maybe you’re listening to critical people. Remember the story of Joseph? He dreamed big dreams. God-given dreams. And what was the response of his brothers? They said, “Look, this dreamer is coming!… let us… kill him.” People who aren’t pursuing their own dreams are usually the first to criticize people who are. So, who are you listening to?
Maybe you’re afraid to dream too big. You don’t want to fail. Nobody does. But “safe living” leads to regret. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” What’s the worst thing that could happen if you pursue your dream and don’t achieve it? You could end up where you are now. And what’s the best thing that could happen? You could find yourself in new territory, enjoying new blessings, living the life God meant for you to live!
So, what’s your dream? Are you pursuing it?