5 Ways to Keep Your Dream Alive
I wanted to be a hairstylist, missionary, or personal trainer.
Before you get a vision of a purple-haired, boot camp instructor trying to get you in a headlock for Jesus, think again. Either one of these things would have been fine in my book, but not all at once.
Tension always exist between our reality and our dreams. Daily responsibility tug-of-war with our dreams. Some dreams are practically hardwired from birth. Others emerge with change of seasons. To start a family, end world hunger, write a book, start a business, or run a marathon.
I know this tension well. I also know the disappointment that accompanies a dream unfulfilled which is why I like to define s dream as a vision. Vision is a powerful force that launches us in the middle of our own movie scene. Vision casts us as the main character. A vision magnifies our skills, passion, and courage. Vision engages our five senses. Vision is God-given, smothered with significance. Dreams are dry and one-dimensional.
Financial stress, to-do list, kids activities, boss’s expectations, our vision can easily get hijacked by endless distraction.
The average human thinks about 60,000 thoughts a day, and studies have shown 98% of which are THE SAME THOUGHTS REPEATED OVER AND OVER.
Is your thought life fueling your faith or rehashing disappointment?
In the fitness world, time under tension equals muscle gain. The same is true of the tensions that lays between current circumstance and vision. Not enough time? Our muscle doesn’t have enough time to adapt and change. Not enough tension? We go through the motions and waste the time we did have.
Tension is preparation. Daily responsibility buys us time to become the person we need to be in order to carry the weight of the vision fulfilled. What seem to be set-back and distraction is the strain we need to make us stronger.
What would your life look like if you were free to live excellently in the ordinary? What if you embraced the time & tension on the road to your vision fulfilled?
For me it’d look a lot like freedom - a lot more responding and a lot less reacting.
Keeping the vision alive
I’ve never had pink hair, but I did become a hairstylist. I’ve never been a professional missionary but I did travel overseas to share the Gospel. I didn’t get a degree but I still work as a fitness instructor.
When God sets flame a vision in your heart it becomes a forest fire. The only one who has the power to extinguish the flame is you.
You also have the power to keep it burning long after you’re gone. Vision evolves into legacy.
5 things that fan the flame of vision
1.) Write it down.
Write down the vision. If you’re not sure what it is write down what brings you joy. What “lights you up” when you do it? Who’s by your side? Who or what do you dream about positively impacting?
Write it all down, but take special note of that which would impact others (discern between vision and dreams).
2.) Make vision the plumb line.
Having a written vision makes decision easier. Will this opportunity bring me closer or farther away? Do I need to learn skills, build relationships, or get experience that will prepare me?
3.) Train together daily.
Remember: time under tension. Start to view daily responsibility as opportunity to grow in faithfulness, integrity, and excellence. You’ll be glad you didn’t go through the motions when your strength is tested later.
If you don’t have a dream, get around someone else who does and help them. If you do have a dream, even then, find someone else’s vision to serve first. God always puts emphasis on the “who” before the “what”. Train together.
4.) Take progress pictures.
Write down lessons learned, miracles, divine appointments, answered prayer, discouragement and fresh ideas.
A written record is proof of progress and growth along the way. Someday you will encourage others with your story.
5.) Eat cake.
If vision is from God, the promise WILL be fulfilled. Keep eyes peeled for breakthrough and answered prayer. It doesn’t always look like how you envisioned. It's usually better.
Throw a party and celebrate big when the vision comes to pass. Don’t forget to stop and celebrate the little wins along the way.
I’m astonished at all the answered prayer and visions fulfilled already in my life. Granted I don’t live in the bush smuggling Bibles, but I know how to share His Word with my neighbors and change the atmosphere at the grocery store.
I’m in the “weight room” of faith- building strength to withstand a bigger vision. In the meantime satisfied while the ordinary as it oozes with significance.
Hold onto your vision, fan it into a flame. His Word will not return empty.
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Train in your lane,