My wife Becky, often uses the phrase ‘in your dreams” when someone makes a claim or statement she thinks will never happen. Over the years, she has said this to me a lot! Sometimes, when my ideas are particularly wild or crazy, she will add insult to injury, and say, “What planet are you living on?” This is just her way of saying the only place this could possibly happen is in my dreams. And, yes, my dreams and ideas are out there. Sometimes, they are so far out there that they do seem to be from another planet, or maybe from another solar system! But, hey, that’s okay!
I am convinced dreams are the currency of the future. Where would we be without dreamers, and their dreams? Dreams have driven great movements in history such as the American Revolution and the Civil Rights Movement. I still remember Martin Luther King Jr’s speech, “I Have a Dream.” His dream helped to ignite the Civil Rights Movement, and reshaped American history.
The Bible portrays the “last days” as a time for dreamers and visionaries (Joel 2:28). The Bible is full of dreamers. God used every dream and every dreamer to further His purpose. God still uses dreamers today.
Joseph was a dreamer. His dreams got him into trouble with his brothers, but also got him out of prison, and set the stage to save an entire nation from extinction. Jacob’s dream of a staircase into the heavens revealed the presence of God in a strange land, a dream that helped to transform his life, and the future of God’s people. Paul, the great missionary of the early church, had a vision in the night of a Macedonian calling out to him, “Come over and help us.” (Acts God spoke to Paul through that dream, and the message of the Gospel crossed over into Europe.
Those who know me know one of my top five talent themes in the Clifton StrengthsFinder© is ideation. I love ideas. They are the fuel of my soul. They are my dreams for what could be, and what should be.
I love to dream about the future. The talent theme “Futuristic” is in my top ten, so when my ideas and futuristic thinking collide, I get caught up in a lot of dreaming about how things could be. I identify with one of the characters created by George Bernard Shaw, who said, “Some people see things as they are and ask why, while I see things as they could be, and ask why not?.”
What’s in your dreams? What are the dreams for your life, for your family, your church and your community? I would encourage you to never lose the capacity to dream. Someone has said, “We choose to be as young as our dreams, or as old as our cynicism.” How young are you, in your dreams? Where do your dreams take you?