Dreams are funny things. The word “dream” itself can take on many different meanings. Dreams can be the stories and episodes that you see when you’re asleep, or they can be the goals and aspirations that you have as they relate to the “when I grow up…” moments in life.
Focusing on the latter half of the definition, it’s really fulfilling when you get to see your dream come true. When you see the thing that you’ve been hoping and praying and planning for come to life, it’s a feel like no other.
For me, one of my dreams since middle school was to be a student at Liberty University. And in 2011, my dream came true. For a year.
After a year residentially, I made the decision to take a different path and transfer to Liberty’s Online program, and stayed in the program for three years.
During those three years, I worked in ministry in two different states at three different churches, experienced leading at multiple levels, and met some of the greatest friends.
But, my dream wasn’t fulfilled. My mind stayed on being at Liberty.
It’s Monday, August 24th, 2015. And my dream is finally one step closer to being fulfilled.
If you’ve been following this blog for the past 6 weeks or so, then you’ll know why it’s one step closer. God opened some big doors and gave me the ability to come back residentially to Liberty. But doors had to close, too.
I quit my job as a student pastor. I moved out of my house and had to break the lease. I left a place that I had invested most of my time into in order to come to a place where I had lived for maybe 8 months a few years ago.
I firmly believe that God is sovereign, and that in His sovereignty, He gives us our desires and dreams in order to fulfill His will. In that vein, I don’t think God would’ve given me the dream to be here if He didn’t intend to have it completed.
God’s faithfulness is incredible. He knows what He’s doing. And, even though I made a few detours and extra turns, and gained some valuable experience that I never would’ve gotten before age 22, God’s timing is impeccable to bring to pass His plans.
Maybe you’re in a place where you honestly think that you’re beyond the point of your dream coming true. I’ve been there. It isn’t a fun place. But, if you truly want to accomplish your dream, you’ll probably be surprised to find that it might be closer than you think.
Map out the steps that it’ll take you to get to your dream. How much work do you need to do in order to accomplish the thing that you’ve always wanted to?
Dreams are weird, but they can certainly get you where you want to be if you put work into it.