John Maxwell defines a dream in this way: “A dream is an inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, your will, and your emotions empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it.”
10 months ago, my grandfather inspired me to dream. Prior to this year, I had never fully embraced the concept of dreaming. Everything I want to say and do will be executed imperfectly, and will never live up to my expectations. But for some reason, I’m okay with that. “God doesn’t call those who are qualified, he qualifies those that he calls.” I’m learning how to turn my expectations into hopes.
My grandpa shared his vision to be a dream releaser. His conviction to empower and affirm the dreams of young people all over the world has changed my life. The vision started with his grandchildren and close friends, but has grown to reach the lives of people all over the world. These next few weeks I’ll be learning and growing with him as we speak into the lives of young people in Cambodia and India. Our mission is to encourage individuals to embody their dreams, no matter how big or small they may be.
We all have a dream. God calls us to be people who pursue the wholesome desires of our heart. Life presents roadblocks that dishearten and discourage us to the point of giving up and losing sight of our dream.
“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” The love of Jesus is the answer. The hope that stems from his love is a breathe of fresh life for a dreamer. People who are successful, in ministry and in business, are captivated by their dreams. I believe in the power a dream can have. John Maxwell in his book, “Put your Dreams to the Test”, presents ten really thought provoking questions. People who answer yes to following questions are well on their way to achieving their dream:
1. Is my dream really my dream? (Ownership)
2. Do I clearly see my dream? (Clarity)
3. Am I dependent on factors within my control to achieve my dream? (Reality)
4. Does my dream compel me to follow it? (Passion)
5. Do I have a strategy to reach my dream? (Pathway)
6. Have I included the people I need to realize my dream? (People)
7. Am I willing to pay the price for my dream? (Cost)
8. Am I moving closer to my dream? (Tenacity)
9. Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction? (Fulfillment)
10. Does my dream benefit others? (Significance)
**The video gives a glimpse into the hearts of this year’s Cambodia team members. Each individual was asked to give a brief description of their current dream. Hope this inspires you to dream and encourage those around you to dream.**
“Life full, die empty”