So, following on from yesterday’s post, let’s carry on looking at how we can make our dreams a reality…
You gotta communicate your dream…
Communicating your dreams and heart’s desire is important for a few reasons. Firstly, it confirms to yourself and to God that you believe in your dream. That it is more than just a passing thought. That it is of value and importance to you. Because that’s what you do when you have something that is important to you, you talk about it. It also confirms that you are willing to be open and available to God working this dream in and through you.
Secondly, it puts things into action. Once you speak your dreams out loud, things happen. It puts wheels into motion. It initiates things that you can’t do on your own. It allows people to support and assist in the dream.
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
"Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other. "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."
Genesis 37:5, 19-20 (NIV)
Ok, so when Joseph told his brothers about his dream they didn’t exactly respond in a supportive and encouraging way. But if they hadn’t sold him into slavery, he wouldn’t have ended up in Egypt, which is where God needed him to be. Joseph actually never had someone else come along side him to help him achieve his dream…but communicating his dream was still the catalyst and initiation of it becoming a reality!
Another thing that happens when we speak our dreams out loud is that the devil listens in and will try to do anything he can to squash and kill your dream. This is where our faith from the previous point kicks in, and we can look to God and not our circumstances and know that our dreams are still alive.
Have you spoken to anyone about the dreams God has placed in your heart? If not, why not?
What is it that you’re afraid of? That they’ll think you’re crazy? That they won’t understand or support you? That they’ll question your ability to achieve your dream? That’s the one that gets me! That’s often why I stay quiet about the things on my heart!
But we must remember that fear doesn’t care if it robs you of a small dream or your hearts biggest desire. Don’t let fear stop you from living out your dream. Maybe the response you’ll get from people won’t be what you expected. But maybe it’ll be more than you could’ve hoped for! Speaking your dream aloud, even if its just to God at first, confirms it in your spirit and puts things into action that cannot happen if dreams are left unspoken. God may be able to read our mind and know our heart, but other people can’t unless we tell them. And often the fulfilment of our dream relies on relationships, communication and community with others.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking ‘well, that’s ok for you to say, but I don’t even have any dreams or desires on my heart’. If that’s you, then you still need to communicate. Ask God to place something or someone on your heart. Ask Him to reveal His plans and purposes for you. And get with someone who knows you well who can help you to distinguish your gifts, talents and passion. It’s often through talking to others that we learn something about ourselves.
So, who can you talk to about your dreams? Go on, have faith…speak it out…