by Suge Imhoff
I used to dream all the time. I knew deep in my soul that God had a better plan for my life than the one I was currently living. My story involves a difficult life since childhood. With sexual abuse, emotional abandonment, scarcity and violence, the path has not always been easy or perfect.
Sometimes I did not know how I was going to survive. Once I came to know Jesus, I began to see how the impossible becomes possible with Him.
Each one of us has a different story even though some of our experiences may overlap. Many times our life experiences encourage us to be better but other times they send us into the depth of despair and we worry that we will never reach our maximum potential. Now is the time to leave that worry behind. It's time to start believing in ourselves.
We all have dreams in our heart. We must be willing to fight for them and fight in the Spirit no matter what obstacles we encounter. I’m not talking about dreams of wanting to find Aladdin's lamp and asking for three wishes. or the dreams we have when we ask ourselves, “What would you do if you won the lottery?” These are not dreams of the heart. Dreams of the heart are different. They stir up a vision of something deeper. They cause us to mobilize, to take action. Pressing in to bring these dreams to life is often the only way we will feel fulfilled and happy. These dreams are the ones that, without doubt, will open the door to your success.
4 BENEFITS OF HAVING A DREAM:
1. A dream keeps you alive and vibrant. To have a dream is to have a goal, a purpose. If you look at what most successful people have in common, it is that they have a clear dream in their life. This dream gives them a vision of where they are headed ... an address. If you do not have a dream that moves you, you will let yourself be carried away by life and the satisfaction will be null. For example, doubt about yourself will sabotage your process and prevent you from entering your dream. Fear erodes the soul and keeps us on dry land and we never dive into the water.
2. A dream helps you discover your gifts and talents. It pushes you and challenges you to discover what you are really capable of. When you have a dream, and discover your gifts and talents, you will be able to feel that rich pleasure of saying "I CAN "when you put those talents into practice.
3. A dream helps you identify priorities. When you have a vision of where you are going, you will quickly learn how to identify those things that will get you there faster. You will learn to establish priorities, because placing an order of importance on each objective will speed up the process. This will also help eliminate distractions and wasted time.
4. A dream helps you feel fulfilled. It is fulfilling to know that you are hungry for more and pursuing your true vocation/purpose with passion and clarity. We are the doers of our life, our actions and thoughts predict what we will accomplish.
You can decide your future, even if there are stones in the way, nobody can make you give up your dreams. Only you can do that!
The most important thing in all of this talk of dreams, however, is to know that God has a dream that includes you. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
He dreams that you can understand that your life is hidden in the hollow of his hand and His protection covers you. It's time to get up, start working on your dreams because God first dreamed of you. You are safe and able to become who He created you to be!