Let's look at some of the excuses we offer for not pursuing the dream God has given us:Ugh - This morning is going to be awful. I have to be up and out of here, and facing rush hour traffic in an hour to do something that i have avoided for literally YEARS. I guess i will be glad when it is over, but right now i just want to go back to sleep.
First - Dreams don't come true for ordinary people like me. The Wright brothers wanted to fly. Winston Churchill envisioned a free Europe. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of racial equality. But you don't have to be a world figure to have a dream. No, the pursuit of a dream is what makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary people. Ordinary people live extraordinary lives when they follow their dream. Why do we say that? Because a God-given dream will motivate you to make important changes in your life. You won't just change who you are in order to live out your dream; you pursue your dream, and the process changes who you are and what you can accomplish. In other words, your dream is both your goal and your change-agent.
Secondly - 'If the dream isn't big it's not worth pursuing.' Size doesn't determine significance. Your dream doesn't have to be big; it just has to be bigger than you. Mother Teresa said, 'We can't all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.'
Thirdly - 'Now is not the right time to pursue my dream.' Permission to pursue your dream comes from two sources: God and yourself. Novelist George Eliot said, 'It's never too late to become what you might have been.' The timing will never be perfect for you to pursue your dream so you might as well start now. If you don't, next year you'll be one year older and not a step closer to it.
This afternoon will be better. I get to pick one of my oldest and best friends up from the airport at noon and have lunch with her before dropping her off to her parents. She is visiting for the weekend from Sydney. She was last here in March, and i had not seen her in about 7 years prior to that, so we had lots of catching up to do. This time around, not as much catching up - i guess Anni will be on our minds a bit - the three of us were always together - but still always nice to have a friend visit.
I am looking forward to a long weekend of her popping in to see me every hour on the hour. Her parents live just up the road, and at the age of 38, she still hides the fact that she smokes from them - so will be popping in unannounced all weekend when she goes out to sneak a cigarette!
I guess i better stop procrastinating, and get moving.