Dare to Dream Out Loud
As I was watching the pregame shows for the BCS Bowl Game of FSU v. Auburn, one of the interviewers said something that was a bit off-putting to me. It wasn't rude, or even related to the game. But as he was talking about one of the stars of the game, he said something to the effect of "dreams aren't meant to be achieved." That bothered me. We are told all our lives that we are to dream big dreams and work really hard and maybe one day those dreams will become a reality. For some people their dream is to become a famous singer, or a professional athlete, or something else where they can be successful in the eyes of the world. Some people's dream is to see more people come to know Christ, or see racism gone from our society. And even others have smaller dreams of learning to ride a bike, or traveling the world one day, or getting married. All of these are great things, and are meant to be achieved.
I think what the interviewer was trying to say, but ended up saying something completely different was that most people stop short of achieving their dreams. Like if they had just taken that one extra step, or said one more thing to one more person, or even gone out of their way to play their guitar at the bar for tips one more night, then they would have achieved their dream.
What I find is with most dreams, is if you never tell anyone, you don't actually work towards doing them and they fall apart. When you have a support system out there who is willing to push you towards your dreams it's the best feeling in the world. When you tell someone about a dream you have, no matter how big or small, you are dreaming out loud, and putting yourself in a very vulnerable position. But isn't that what life is about? Being vulnerable in front of other people? Being able to say this is what I want to do, I don't really know how I am going to do it yet, but I would like your support?
Lately I've been challenged by God and the constant reminder of Him saying that He always keeps His promises, no matter how big or small. He also cares about your dreams and wants to see dreams fulfilled in your life. I know God wants me to do mission work in Wales and the more I pray about it, the more it becomes real to me that I have to become an integrated member of their society, not just a random American who wants to tell them about Jesus, because that's not going to work. I need to have an apartment and a job in the field I am studying in at school, and I need to form relationships. But my dream is ever-growing. I keep saying that I am going to move to London and work for some public relations company, or do odd jobs until I can find a pr job, and just file into society that way. I know God isn't just calling me to London though and my dream of working in Wales has moved beyond that to be able to reach all of the UK, and Ireland. I have a heart for these people and I believe God has put it there. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about moving or am looking at internships or jobs I could apply for. This is a God-sized dream I would have never thought of on my own, and I love how it's unfolding.
I have friends in Wales who are in a band called Remembering August. They are really great and they are dreamers. They continue to promote themselves, and sell EP's, and sell tickets to their shows. I know God has a great plan for them as well, because they dreamed out loud. I have friends who play football and are now playing in the NFL because they have practiced and trained really hard and continue to dream out loud. These two examples are small, but the list goes on. To be a dreamer and believe in God-sized dreams, you have surround yourself with people who believe the same.
So what's your dream? There's a lot of cheesy inspirational quotes I could put here, but I'm not going too. I just want you to be bold enough to dream out loud, and share your dream with someone, because despite what the dumb sport interviewer had t say dreams are meant to be achieved.
**Here's my friend Luke and his partner Jessie from Remembering August**