Live Your Dream Now
I went into Chick-fil-a this morning and ordered what I always order a spicy chicken biscuit and an orange juice and for my wife a 4 count chickin mini. Hanging out by the condiments waiting on my food I asked an employee how it was going; she gave me the usual canned answer and then asked me if I was headed to work.
I replied: I’m taking my wife to work and I’m self-employed and work wherever I am.
She replied: Oh really, what do you do?
My answer even surprised me. I said: I’m a writer, I have a blog and I write books.
Why did it surprise me? It was the first time I gave my dream first place over my profession. How I would usually have answered that question would’ve been something like “Well, I sell insurance but I write on the side”.
It made me ask the question: How often do we know who we are supposed to be or what we are supposed to do but make it insignificant when we talk to people? My response should always be I’m a writer and speaker but up until now I always told people what my profession was which had absolutely nothing to do with my dream.
Being in insurance may have shaped my abilities to speak in front of large crowds, I know how to use voice inflection and humor to properly illustrate my points and gain a desired reaction. But that was the preparation part of my life that God used to developed my talents so I could become what I was destined to be.
So many times I and maybe even you have given little, if any importance to our dreams by making them second place; we do this by telling people where we are right now instead of where we are headed. The problem with that is that if we are to make our dreams significant we have to live them now when they aren’t our reality so that over time they will. If our dreams are not on the tip of our tongue it can delay our belief in them. The Bible references this kind of talk when it says “let the weak say I’m strong”. If they are weak should they tell people they are? No, we have to declare those things as if they are the truth now, not some distant desire. Our dreams are who we are and they should be a loaded gun in our mouths ready to fire when someone asks the question what do you do? Or who are you?
We should treat our dreams like a child would treat theirs; they act the part even though it may not be their reality, to them in that moment it is who they are. A child who wants to be a firefighter, has the red hat and the toy fire truck, imagines themselves putting out that fire and if you ask them who they are; they’ll tell you with boldness, I’m a firefighter! They speak it as though it IS true. Children are the perfect example to us that a dream has to be alive in our thoughts, our hearts and in our mouths long before it will be a reality in our world. It has to be alive in us; in other words we have to think, speak and act as if our dream is our reality. And then there will come a day when our dream is our reality.
Declare your victory and live your dream now and over time the words you say about your dream will no longer be a declaration but your reality.