“The journey itself is what prepares you to succeed at what you were born to do. And until you decide to pursue your Dream, you are never going to love your life the way you were meant to.” -Bruce Wilkinson, The Dream Giver
One of my favorite inspirational books is Bruce Wilkinson’s, The Dream Giver. In this book, he tells the story of Ordinary who is a Nobody living in the Land of Familiar. (Is anyone identifying with Ordinary yet?) Well, one day Ordinary discovers that he has a Dream to leave the Land of Familiar and become something bigger and greater, so he sets out on his journey. The book goes through the different challenges that he faces until he reaches his dream and then discovers that he gets to walk beside others and lead them through their own journeys to reach their dreams.
There are three main themes that Ordinary discovers in his journey, so let’s look at each one.
- A Big Dream always seems overwhelming at first.
Ordinary had to go through a Wall of Fear, move past the Nay-Sayers, fight the Giant Dream Killers, and even more in his quest, and none of that was easy. But you know what he did, he felt the fear and took action anyway! He did not let the fear and doubts prevent him from continuing, and we need to do the same.
- Ultimately, a Big Dream is aimed at meeting a Big Need in the world.
Frederick Buechner is often quoted when he said “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Is your dream big enough where it can impact the world? If you are anything like me, I would initially answer this question as “No”. But think about it some more. What if your dream is to be a better mom? Do you think that impacts the world? You’d better believe it does! Your influence on your kids starts a ripple effect that can last for generations to come.
- While you still have breath, it’s never too late to act on your Dream!
If you are facing discouragement or difficult circumstances right now, my encouragement to you is to take any action you can toward your dream. It really is never too late. My dad always says that as long as you have breath there is always hope for a bigger and brighter future. This means that there is always someone who is desperate for you to take action! Do not think about it any longer, just do it! Motivation comes and goes, so as Dan Miller always says, “Get in the game!”