One of my favorite blogs to read is called http://www.stuffchristianslike.net/”>Stuff Christians Like. This particular blog is a satirical look at Christian culture and the funny things that we do. The author of the blog I find to particularly funny, yet also inspirational. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the blog is themed around the funny things that Christians do. On Wednesday he does “Serious Wednesday” where he writes about serious issues that people face, and on the weekends, all bets are off. Sometimes its about crazy off the wall things, sometimes about serious things like building a nation wide prayer network and taking prayer requests.
Anyhow, this last weekend he began writing about dreams. On Saturday, he asked “What is your dream?”, and on Sunday, he talked about how he is achieving (not achieved yet) his dream. Basically it comes down to one thing. He began to do what he wanted to do everyday, and his dream is being realized. I would encourage you to read his two posts this weekend, as I have a couple of things to add.
My job as a pastor is with people. Though I wish I had more time with people, and less time in an office the main function of my job is with people. I see people with all kinds of dreams (especially kids), and different levels of achieving those dreams. Being in the midst of achieving my dream, many people ask me how I got to where I got, and I mostly tell them the same thing that Jon Acuff (author of Stuff Christians Like) said, just do it. If you want to write a book, then write a book.
A friend of mine wrote a book called <A href=”http://dreaminghighway.tk/”>The Dreaming Highway</A> . I have had more than a few conversations with him about the process of writing the book, and he has always said, “It comes down to writing a book. If you want to write a book, then write a book. Sit down at the computer, or with a notepad, whatever works for you and write the book that you want to write.”
It seems like such an easy thing, because it is. What is your dream? What can you do <EM>everyday</EM> to make your dream happen. That is the key to the whole thing, everyday. Everyone has a dream, things they want to do with their life, but they want it to happen overnight. They are unwilling to spend time everyday working to fulfill their dream, and pour the blood, sweat and tears into their dream.
We live in a culture today where it only takes hard work to achieve nearly any dream you can have. If a kid born into poverty in Chicago, a minority with everything set against him can become the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world, than your dream can also be realized.