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How Dreams Get So Lost

June 19, 2017


Dreams are a fragile and yet powerful thing. They tend to come true in every circumstance regardless of what you are seeing right now… IF you continue to move towards them at least a little every day.


We were designed by God to have an imagination for ambitious things. We naturally have visions of the “what if”. To others our dreams may seem out of reach and impossible, and they naturally would because they don’t have the vision you do nor the passion to see it come true. That's okay though, because they have their own dream to think about. Maybe it is bigger and more ambitious than yours and maybe its a simple dream but the simple fact is that we all have dreams.


Life itself and your spirit for life will quickly become mundane, boring and discouraging if you are not envisioning something that seems out of reach. And it will only continue down that pathway if your are not making any effort to reach for something that seems unreachable.


Dreams are an important part of a healthy life. One result of not reaching for something greater is that things about your life begin to die. Your imagination and creativity are the first things to feel this death. Soon after, your ability to encourage others and be encouraged about your own life become increasingly hard to grasp. When you loose your excitement for life and begin simply accepting things as the come, the dreams you once had get pushed back and lost in the furthest recesses of your memory. It soon becomes harder and harder to have real passion for much of anything. Ultimately your relationships in life will also begin to suffer.


Dreams serve a greater purpose in life other than something nice to think about once in a while. Dreams give us a target for tomorrow.  They give us a direction that we believe will offer us a more fulfilled life and future.


So how do our dreams get so lost?


LIFE–  Probably the biggest thief of your dreams is simply....Life.  You know, the day to day routine of doing the things we feel we need to do to survive and provide for the lively hood you currently have. The challenges of life have a way of surpassing the challenges of pursuing our dreams.  Most of the time we live out a natural progression to follow the path everyone else does.  High School, College, Job, Marriage, Kids…etc.  Our days are filled with life. Between work, the kids sports, church, family needs, and relax time, its hard to find time for something that seems out of reach. Even when we do get re-excited about an old dream it tends to get pushed further and further away with every little set back life brings.  Whatever is happening right now is always what takes prescience and before you know it another day has passed by without even a thought of that dream.


If our dream is not part of your everyday life to some extent it will always get pushed further and further back until it simply becomes a past memory you think about once in a while.


So I challenge you to bring that dream back into your thoughts but this time...DO SOMETHING to move forward in pursuit of it, no matter how small every day, even if its only 5 minutes to imagining it coming true,


YOU– Yes YOU!  Its hard to admit but we tend to be the one person that gets the way of our own dreams.  Many times our dreams can seem so big or unachievable that we simply don’t even try or we don’t try because it just seems beyond our abilities of achieving.  I wonder what the staff at NASA thought when President Kennedy told them he wanted to land a man on the moon in less than 10 years? Wonder how many people in the world let alone people on the NASA team thought this was too far out there?


As humans we are all equipped by God and uniquely suited to achieve extraordinary things.


Because most of us do not know extraordinarily achieving people we tend to put our own possibilities in the same box as others around us. But we all have the ability to amaze ourselves if we would only try.  Thomas Edison once said “If we all would simply do what we are capable of, we would astound ourselves”  Anything is possible if we would only try. Get out of your own way and let your dreams come to life.  You can do it!


VISION– In order to move forward with any task, especially a dream, we first need a vision of what we want to achieve. Our vision of what is possible for us to achieve and what is possible for our lives is often reduced and diminished by our surrounding life. We normally see the mundane and then believe that is just the way life should be. Our vision is unfortunately pretty distorted by the belief that life is not likely to be any more extraordinary than it is right now and certainly not any more extraordinary than others around us.


But we all are uniquely qualified to have extraordinary lives.  Bill Gates, Sam Walton, Oprah Winfrey and many other people that we see as extraordinary are merely people that took chances on their own vision and not the view of life everyone around them had.  You too can have this type of vision about your life.  Your life can be extraordinary if you only try!


Believe it or not many people I have spoken with about their dreams have gotten so wrapped up with everything else that they have completely lost sight of any dream they may have once had. To the point that they wouldn't even recognize a dream for what it is if it stood up and held a sign.


So What should a dream look like?


A dream should always be risky!  If your dream doesn’t take you to the edge of what you know, what you believe and what your capable of then it is merely an achievement.  We all can gain achievements with a little work, OK sometimes a lot of work but a dream should take you well beyond that. If its not risky then even in your own mind it is mundane and non exciting…rendering it unimportant and destined to die. If its not big...then its not a dream.


It will always require great faith and belief in yourself. You may not have the knowledge or skills to achieve it but you WILL learn them, no matter what. Dreams are not achieved with one giant step, their fullness is only uncovered with each step of faith that uncovers  the next step forward. Some dreams which seemed big in the beginning were only small stepping stones compared to the giant they become over time.  Bill Gates would be a great person to ask about this.  In the beginning he had no idea that what he was doing would change the world and become the giant it has today.


A dream will completely change not only your life but the lives of others for the better. Dreams will always have a positive effect on your life as well as the lives of those around you. Even if it is a small, seemingly insignificant dream, simply pursuing it will enhance your life to such an extent that others around you will be encouraged to pursue their own dream and be encouraged by what you have done.


Your dream should be so big that sometimes only you can believe it!  Not everyone is going to have your vision. Lets take Thomas Edison for example again.  His vision for perfecting the incandescent light bulb was no doubt laughed at by others.  I also don’t believe that he gained any believers throughout the over 2000 attempts he made trying to make it work.  His vision and dream was certainly one that others simply couldn’t believe in.  But we can all be grateful that he believed in it himself enough to make it come to pass.


Having a premium seat comes with a premium price…Are you willing to pay the price to see your dream come true?


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Go! Make a difference in someones life today. Be the Blessing! 

– j.buck


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