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Dare to Dream

By Mark Harris

I am often accused of being a dreamer. It used to offend me. I received the comments as an accusation that something was wrong with me. Over time I came to understand that is how God made me. I have learned to embrace Psalm 139:14; “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”  Today, I believe being able to dream is one of my greatest assets.

I talk with so many Christians who are afraid to dream. Somewhere along their life’s journey, someone told them to take their head out of the clouds, come down to reality or that what they were dreaming was impossible. People, both Christians and non-Christians share with me that they are tired of being in the same old rut. But they are also fearful of envisioning a life different from what they are currently experiencing. One man told me, “the known misery I am in is less scary than the uncertainty of the unknown. I have learned to cope with the boring daily routine.” Time and circumstances seem to have beaten the ability to dream out of him. If you can relate to his situation and find yourself in a similar rut, I want to encourage you. I want to encourage you to ask God to rekindle the dream He revealed to you earlier your life. Then I encourage you to commit to God and one other person that you will work to fulfill it.

A word of caution for those of you who will choose to follow your dream. You will have people, who know you, tell you that your dream is impossible. You will be tempted to believe them, but don’t. Nothing is impossible with God. (Matthew 19:26)

As you choose to follow your dream, you will likely experience self-doubt. Don’t believe that either. If God gave you the dream, then ask Him how to fulfill it. (Matthew 7:7)

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As you begin to follow your dream, you will face seemingly impossible obstacles. At certain times you will feel that you will never reach your dream in your lifetime. Believe, by faith, that you can do it. (Hebrews 11:6)

Overcoming the obstacles is the where things get interesting. It is during the tough times that you will learn to trust God the most. It is during the tough times that you will experience answered prayer to the fullest. (Matthew 6:25-34) It is during the tough times that you will begin to believe that your faith, though as small as a mustard seed, actually can move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) Through it all you will have your own stories refined by your own trials. Those stories will be your testimony to God’s faithfulness that you will share with others who dare to dream. You will discover that your life story, the one forged from fiery trials will become your badge of honor. You will be able to say with confidence, “nothing is impossible with God!”

One of the life lessons I have learned as a dreamer is that one of life’s the greatest tragedies is being afraid to try. So many Christians I know live a life of regret, always wondering what life would have been like if they had only had the faith to pursue their dream. My heart goes out to them. I can only imagine how miserable my life would be without a big, impossible dream to chase.

If you are struggling and dissatisfied with where you are at this stage of life, I want to encourage you – dare to dream. You know you were created for greater things! - Go for it! Trust that the same God who gave you the dream is the same God who will show you how to make it a reality. Be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

If you are ready to experience a fulfilled life, 4Tucson is offering a Purpose Workshop that has helped many people just like you begin to dream again. It is a great starting point to help you recognize just how wonderfully God made you. In the workshop we will come along side you to help you discover the great things God created for you to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Don’t spend another minute wondering what life would be like “if only…” Take the first step in rekindling your dream by attending the Purpose Workshop. I think it will be just the encouragement you need to start moving forward.

Below is a link to the registration for the next Purpose Workshop. I hope to hear about your dream and what God is teaching you as you embrace it.

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