I’m a dreamer.
I have conflicting feelings about that statement. So much of my personality is the dreamer type. “Spontaneity, creativity, risk-taker, rule-breaker.” I love all of those words. But, in the same breath… “what’s your plan.” Easily rolls off the ole tongue. So, what is it? Am I enchanted by the idea of being a dreamer, but, in reality, just a wannabe?
This reminds me of the movie, Dinner for Schmucks. It’s not a very wholesome movie so I can’t feel great about recommending it, but, it does a good job of making my point. Anyways, one of my favorite actors, Steve Carell, unsuccessfully tries to quote John Lennon by saying
“They say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not.”
While it’s a really funny moment in the movie, it’s often how I feel. As soon as I start dreaming, the left side of my brain shuts me down. Self-doubt, fear and uncertainity start creeping up on me like those few extra pounds after Thanksgiving. I have no idea how they got there & they certainly aren’t easy to get rid of. (That’s a lie, I do know how they got there. It’s called Pecan Pie.)
Satan is the one filling my mind with self-doubt, fear and uncertainty. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I realize that Satan probably does smell like pecan pie. That’s how he gets away with being the king of lies. He truly is so deceptive. He sits on a throne of lies, too.
Anyone who is familiar with the song ‘Imagine’ knows that the lyrics actually say,
“They say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
Pretty big difference those three words make, huh?
Well tonight I want to encourage you dreamers out there, including myself, to keep on keepin on. The truth of the matter is, God loves to use dreamers! He wants to use people who are crazy enough to dream big for His glory. It’s not our job to always understand the logistics of our dreams. If God has placed a dream in your heart, go get it. Start working towards it. He will provide the people and the resources to get the job done.
Let’s look at Moses for some dream inspiration. Dreamspiration, if you will. The dude has a speech impediment. He is a terrible public speaker, but God asks him to lead the Israelites out of exile. In order to do that, Moses has to go before Pharoah & ask him to let the Israelites go. Can you imagine him doing that? Another movie comes to mind, Billy Madison, anyone? It would have been comical, to say the least. You get the point. God knew that this was a big dream to give to Moses but he provided the people and support he needed, namely, Aaron. Moses’ brother was able to speak on behalf of Moses and ultimately, God. Eventually, Moses was successful in helping the Isrealites flee Egypt.
Moses’ story is one that I love to think about when I start to doubt my abilities or struggle with finding the motivation to chase the dreams God has given me. This story teaches me that it will take a lot of courage and it probably won’t be easy, but it will always be worth it.
So dreamers, stop listening to the pecan pies of the world (Self-doubt, fear, uncertainity) and get to work! Don’t sit around and wait for God to open a door for you. Sometimes God opening a door looks a lot like hard work. Get going!
Pecan pies, you’re incredibly tempting, and you smell like the right decision, but you’re just slowing us down.
So friends, If you know a dreamer, encourage that dreamer. Get behind that dreamer and cheer them on. It’s beautiful how God has created us to be so different in our talents and passions, giving each of us an opportunity to play a part in His story!
Has God been laying a dream on your heart that you’ve been too afraid to consider?
Are you stuck in the kitchen eating pecan pie?
Do you have a gift or a talent that you aren’t using for God’s glory?
That’s a good place to start.
I’m done letting fear dictate my dreams. I’m believing God can and will use the dreams he’s placed on my heart, for His glory! Who’s with me, friends?