22 May, 2007

Do You Have a Dream?

Martin Luther King, Jr's most famous speech was the "I have a dream" speech, given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in August of 1963. This has to be one of the most powerful speeches ever given, and certainly one of the most well known.
I don't really want to focus on the exact content of that speech, but rather the idea that everybody has a dream. Not everyone vocalizes their dreams, and there are some who would say that they do not have a dream... but I believe they do. Locked away somewhere inside of each one of us is a dream waiting to be born.

Again, everybody has a dream. What's yours?
If you could do anything, what would it be?
The truth is , most of us don't achieve great things in our lives because we give up, fall short, and get off track. We settle for less than our dream or we dream way too small.
I believe that there are only two things that stand in our way:
1) Dreaming it
2) Doing it

Let me ask you today; have you dared to dream? I mean REALLY dream?
Let me help you out, if what you are "dreaming of" is within your apparent reach, then that really is not a dream at all. If your dream does not stretch you, involve some risk or cost you something, then it really is not a dream.
Another thing... dreams change you, even as they change the world around you.

One of the problems is that we tend to listen to critical people. Nay sayer's and dream busters. Do you remember the story of Joseph? Joseph dreamed big dreams. They were God-given dreams. But do you recall how his brothers responded to him?
They despised and hated him. The ridiculed him and tried to stop his dreams from coming to pass. They plotted to kill him and eventually sold their own brother as a slave because they so despised his dreams.
Let me clue you in; People who are not pursuing their own dreams and destiny are usually the first and the loudest to criticize those who are pursuing their dreams.
The question is, "Who are you listening to?"
Maybe you are afraid to dream to big because you don't want to fail. Guess what? Nobody wants to fail! But I personally believe that playing it safe all your life leads to a life filled with regret
s. Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
Ask yourself this question: "What's the worst thing that could happen if you pursue your dream and don't achieve it?" You could end up right where you are now.
And what's the best thing that could happen? You just could find yourself in new territory, enjoying new blessings and living the life that God meant for you to live!

So, what's your dream?
And what are you waiting for?

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