Through the years I have studied dreaming; this is a summary of what I have found to be true from many writings and opinions, some of mine but some from unknown authors.
- Be willing to stretch beyond your human limits
- Be willing to fall on your face
- Be willing to be lonely
One example is John the Baptist God did not want man to name him or determine his future – God had His plan!
“Don’t be owned by anyone” – don’t allow yourself to become beholding to anyone, you must belong to God.
“Beware of Parking Lot Prophets” – be cautious of words from others, test them against the Scriptures and what God has done and is doing in your life. But be open to correction and clarification from God.
“Your goals lead your dream” – set firm, reasonable and challenging goals that will lead to your dream. If goals are too easy they are valueless, if they are too hard you will become discouraged. (You will likely need counsel for this)
Surround yourself with wise counsel. Seek counsel from others who have dreamed and are living their dream. Remember, “living your dream” is not the same as “living their dream”. Those that walked away from their dream will be of little help, except what not to do. Don’t look for “yes” men. Those that challenge your thoughts wisely will help hone your thoughts and plans.
Person leads to Place leads to Peace leads to Power
Who you are (your character and integrity and servanthood) leads to I pray that I have hidden Your word in my heart, God, that I might not sin against You. Ps 119:11
…Where you will be (physical surroundings where God will use you) leads to I pray, O God, that you are my refuge and strength and a very present help in trouble. Ps. 46:1
…What you will feel on the inside (that certainty of direction and motivation) leads to I pray that You, Jesus, have left Your peace with me. I pray that my heart will not be troubled, neither will I be afraid. Jn. 14:27
…Power (influence you will have as you do the work of the Father). I pray, O God, that I understand that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to the power that works in me. Eph. 3:20
Above all, test your motivation. You must die daily to yourself and the fleshly carnal desires for pleasure and significance. Don’t fool yourself, if you are in it to build your own little kingdom, ultimately you will fall short of your potential and God will not receive the praise He could have if you had diligently chosen to be a servant.
In reality, “Your” dream ultimately is “God’s” dream for you.