Without dreams, a lot of things would never happen. My inspiration has come through dreamers. One of these dreamers I know is sharing his dream. (Check out Randy Elrod’s dream here). It is a dangerous thing to dream, and even more to share it. People might actually hold you accountable to living it! The dream might actually become reality. And, sure, people will laugh and scoff. They are done dreaming. I hope I am not. I came across a journal entry of mine from several years ago. It really challenged me to keep dreaming.
What I have been learning is that there are obstacles to my dream. "So what?" you may say. Well, I desire to get through them. As a creative person I often have dealt with being in environments that made it hard to dream and internally I still deal with my own barriers to dreaming. Here is what I wrote years ago:
A culture of achievement surrounds everything we do here. On one hand we proclaim a philosophy of ministry based on relationships, but there is a limit to these relationships. People who are in an achievement mode have little time for distractions—even the type of relationships that will challenge them and grow them in away that potentially will bring more results at a later time. To challenge the process is seen as an irritation, not an opportunity.
Accountability without relationships is ineffective at life-changing results. To be moralistic without context always pales compared to the incarnational revelation of the mess of life. It may be good and necessary at times, but indeed bears only behavior modification and not the kind of heart change that real life-on-life connection and effort can bring.
Creative people are always crushed because of their innate idealism. They look for vision and concrete altruistic goals from their leaders. They can actually tolerate more than most imagine since they focus on grand ideals—when these ideals are correct, all the more. The question “why” can never be emphasized enough. The desire to lead and live out of principles and convictions often is discounted. You see, the practical does not matter if it leads to the wrong thing or the less-then-best thing. Only the best will do, or nothing will do…
In summary, relationships are crucial to making a dream happen. You have to share your dream. You have to have the safety to do that with people who know you and who are cheering you on while being gut-level honest with you. Here are these thoughts digested a bit.
THE DREAM OBSTACLES
- Getting things done rather than building relationships or valuing people can kill a dream.
- You need healthy and safe relationships to be able to get and give the feedback that will launch a dream.
- Real and helpful accountability takes a committed relationship in order to provide guard rails so your dream or you won’t derail.
- Real life-change comes from the inside out, just like dreams. Forcing yourself to live up to external pressure or ignoring internal fears will stall your dream.
- Passion and conviction are the fuel that fires up a dream and makes it contagious. Don’t lose your deepest ideals in the process.
- The practical thing is not always the best thing. Settling for something less than your dream is not an option! Play to win. Don’t play "not to lose."
Well, there are some of the things about dreaming that I am working through all the time, it seems. What do you think about these obstacles to dreaming? Any ones you want to add? I will share a more about my dream soon.