When is it time to give up on a dream? Short answer, never!
Have you ever been told to get on with your life, stop all that nonsense?
Have you ever thought about the fact that all our dreaming may be connected to longing for things to be restored, to be who we were created to be, to live at our top potential, in abundant life—free from all the pain and sin in this world?
I would rather use the word longing instead of dreaming.
I believe dreams or aspirations, while they can be perfectly good and honorable, may only be covers for the greater longing underneath.
God created us for more than what this world can give. We have something in us that is unique.
Animals don’t dream about what they could become or what they can achieve.
My dog Haley is not reading up on the “Top 10 Ways To A Better Dog Life” or watching the video series, “How To Reach My Dog Potential.” Longing is a uniquely human quality.
JFK said, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
A dream may be misguided and never come true because it was never part of the bigger plan, but our deepest longings underneath it all, should never be abandoned as they are pointing to home, where all our deepest longings will become reality. Jesus said, “Do not lose heart.” It’s a dangerous thing when you begin to lose heart, when you resign, when you settle. The emotional state of our hearts effects the rest of our person.
Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
There is a reason why fairy tales never get old. Beware of adults that say they’ve outgrown fairy tales, this is an adult who has lost heart.
God gave us imaginations. We aren’t just computers that store up information. Our imagination is our creative side and before you say, “I’m not the creative type.” I will beg to differ. We are all creative in the way God made us. God created us to be creators.
Our imagination is not meant to contradict the truth but reveal it.
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” C.S. Lewis
When we are just telling the truth in love our creativity will flow without us even trying.
“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth.” Proverbs 16:23
When you start feeling that ache for your dreams or longing to come true, don’t ignore the ache or dismiss it or try to heal the ache with something that won’t do, instead guard it and give it to Jesus. Pray, “Lord, my heart aches, I know my real longing is for nothing that this world can give. Take my heart and let it be consecrated Lord to thee.”