Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Value of a Dream

Another year is here and we are all faced with an opportunity to have a fresh start. But one thing is pretty certain; our dreams will have another year to be fulfilled. What makes any dream valuable is how it drives us to move forward no matter what transpired in the past. Dreams are driving forces planted by God as the Chief Dreamer. The 1st chapter of the book of Genesis outlined God’s creation process including Adam’s and this is where anyone can read God’s dream for humanity realized. Take note that He was filled with great pleasure with His creation and the Scriptures described it this way, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31).

Dreams can change a man towards achieving even the grandest aspiration. Here’s a story I came across to illustrate it: It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Jimmy, it's time to go to bed. Go up now and I'll come and settle you later." Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. "What are you doing, Jimmy?" "I'm looking at the moon, Mommy." "Well, it's time to go to bed now." As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, "Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon." 

Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon's surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so? This is a great testimony to the value of a dream.

Walt Disney is a name synonymous of a dreamer and saw his dreams completed in his lifetime. He said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” He added, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” If you had the chance, like I did to visit Disneyland, you’ll definitely understand what he was talking about. Moreover, I believe the reason it is still popular today even after 50 years is because of dreams that are still being conceived to improve it and to become relevant to the changing times.

The truth of the matter is this: God has planted His dream in our life even before we can conceive them ourselves: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalms 139:13-17 ESV)

I don’t know about you but this is a very clear reminder of our significance that we are God’s dream fulfilled. With this knowledge, you can now begin to understand that He has a great plan for your life for the upcoming year. If you consider carefully what He has dreamt for you, then you will find success for your own dream wisely aligned to His. Thus, do not allow 2013 to just pass by but strive to become the year of seeing your dreams realized with God’s help. Remember that the dreams we have for our family, personal life and many others are valuable and these dreams will help us to progress towards great things especially if God is with us.

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