posted Jun 29, 2010, 2:34 PM by Glenda Durano   [ updated Jun 29, 2010, 3:23 PM ]
        When was the last time you asked yourself ‘what do I want to be when I grow up?’  Better yet, when was the last time you pondered ‘what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail?’  Whether you are an adult or a student, discovering your dream (or perhaps rekindling it) is critical—not only in the college application process, but also in life.             
          Over the years, I have been baffled why so few students really go after their heart’s desire—the destiny to which God has called them.  Recently, however, I have decided that one of the primary reasons teens and young adults don’t reach for the stars is because they have very few role models.  As I look around, I see that most adults have settled into a status quo mindset.  As long as they can pay the bills and live a comfortable life, they are happy.  Friends, God didn’t call us to be comfortable!  He called us to be purposeful!  He called us to walk in faith!  He called us to be leaders within our sphere of influence, regardless of size, status, or position. 

           If you have a dream and aren’t afraid to pursue it, you are ahead of 95% of the crowd.  Scripture never instructs us to stay where we are.  Yes, Paul does say that we should “learn to be satisfied” (Philippians 4:11), yet in a surprising sort of way, this is one of the big secrets of not being afraid to pursue a dream.  If we can follow God with abandon, not relying on circumstances to satisfy us, we can chase after God without fear of what will happen.  If you have a dream, at least you have a chance of reaching it.  If, on the other hand, you think having a dream is impractical or unrealistic, you have absolutely zero chance of reaching it.  Remember, we serve a God who “calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). 

            First Corinthians 2:9 is one of my favorite verses:  “No ear has heard, no eye has seen, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, yet He has revealed it to us by His Spirit.”  Press into God, and He will reveal your dream. 

            The formula for having a dream come true is a multiplication problem.  Here’s the formula:  ‘BE’ (who I am/the vision God has given me) multiplied by ‘DO’ (my actions) = ‘HAVE.’  Ideally, you want your ‘BE’ and your ‘DO’ to be as big as possible.  That way your ‘HAVE’ is also sizeable.  If either of the two parts isn’t there (or is smaller than it should be), the formula doesn’t work.  If your ‘BE’ is huge, but your ‘DO’ is zero…the product will also be zero.  You must have both parts! 

            How do you find your dream?  First, pray then look at your talents and abilities.  God doesn’t give you a gift unless He intends for you to use it.  Articulate your passion in terms of what you want to accomplish, not what you want to be.  Also, don’t be afraid of your dreams.  They always come a bit big so you can grow into them.  And… make sure the dream is yours. As Joyce Meyer says, “God will help you be all you can be, but He will never help you be someone else

            William Arthur Ward penned a beautiful poem about following passions and seizing dreams.  I hope it inspires you today to be all God wants you to be: 

Believe while others are doubting.

Plan while others are playing.

Study while others are sleeping.

Decide while others are delaying.

Prepare while others are daydreaming.

Begin while others are procrastinating,

Work while others are wishing. 

Save while others are wasting.

Listen while others are talking.

Smile while others are frowning.

Commend while others are criticizing.

Persist while others are quitting.

            Follow your dreams and have a great month!