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The Power of Dreaming

creativity dreaming May 15, 2020

Have you ever found yourself stuck? We g through life hoping for a better outcome but not sure how it is going to happen? Do you find yourself relieved to be going home every day from the office or your place of employment? Is Friday a day you look forward to with every breath and dread on Monday you are heading down death row? Okay, maybe that is a little drastic. However, can you see what I am asking? Many of us have gone through seasons where we hoped things would get better.

So what does that have to do with dreaming? Dreaming brings us the energy for today and the fuel for tomorrow. Now let me clarify dreaming. I am not talking about that dreaming that has no plan or action to be taken, outside of buying a lottery ticket. I'm talking dreaming that causes us to make decisions based on where we want to go and what we see in the future.

Many of us love to serve, but unfortunately, we feel like servants. However, in the Kingdom of God, servants are royalty and co-laborers with God. In this vein, we see that God wants to hear from us on creative plans and ideas. Before you think that God knows everything, we should remember God's shock when David wants to build God a house. God does, but that does not mean that He is not excited when we bring something to Him.

2 Sam. 7:7 '"Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, "Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?' " '

I love that God is so delighted with David that God makes his seventh covenant in the Old Testament, a covenant of Salt. (See 2 Chron 13:5) When we were children, dreaming was so natural and comfortable. We changed career plans every week, depending on what came across our path. Then as we get older, we are told to get practical. You need to get serious and make a decision. However, this often works contrary to creativity. Now we are told to perform a task for pay, and no matter how much money we make, in many cases, this is the way we make a living. This is not evil in and of itself, but it can lead us to a rut in life. A rut is the tire tread marks from going back and forth to work. It is a grave with the ends knocked out.

Dreaming is not comfortable if you haven't done it for a while. Does that sound silly to you? However, most of our energy is given to task management and maintenance of our lives. We set very little time aside to dream and brainstorm new ideas. Leaders will often be seen as offensive because they do not except the first idea presented. It is because they know that the first idea can often be the least productive solution. Business leaders will push the team to go deeper and find a better, more thought out solution.

Those who are visionaries must first be dreamers. They must also not get so satisfied with the status quo that they stop looking for improvements. This goes for Church Leaders, Business Leaders, Community Leaders, etc. It takes a lot of work to start dreaming again. It can even be painful at times. You won't see the results instantly, which is why we get discouraged. But I was hoping you could do it anyway. I want you to understand that as you start to dream, faith will arise to bring things to pass. Plans will be formulated and actions will follow. This will all produce a sense of value and worth. You will notice a new spring in your step, and it won't be because it is Friday. Mondays will have a purpose, and you will look forward to going to work. Some of you will backtrack your steps to the place you took that fork in the road. Hope is the power of dreaming.

Dreaming is the part of being childlike that we abandon as we grow up.  Yet it is the one thing that we should grow up in not grow out of as we get older.  

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