A dream is a goal that can be reached only with God’s help.
What is the difference in a dream and a goal? I recently read an article demonstrating ten differences between a dream and a goal. I agree with the basis of the article, but I soon realized that my definition of a dream is different than the author’s. To me a dream is simply “a spiritualized goal.” When we use the word “dream,” we are often referring to something that can’t happen. It’s just a dream. That’s all well and good except for the verse that tells us that “All things are possible with God,” Matthew 19:26 tells me that my dream is possible.
I definitely believe in goal setting, but using the word, “dream” takes the limits off and brings God into the picture. We could use the term dream/goal to better express what I am talking about. Using the word goal to describe my dream sounds like it is within my realm of control. Setting a goal we believe we can accomplish is lowering the bar. Setting a goal we can only accomplish with God’s help is raising the bar. For lack of a better word, I call that a “dream.”
For the rest of the series, please keep in mind that when I use the word “dream,” I am referring to a goal that can be reached with God’s help. Now that you understand the meaning of dream, it’s time to define your dream. You might want to start with a list of:
- all the things you want to do or be
- all the things you have ever wanted to do or be,
- all the things you think you might want to do or be.
Then as you read the list, note which ones make your pulse quicken and your spirit get excited. Choose one. Now your’re ready for step 2.
Keep in mind when you define your dream/goal, there are no rules. It can be as “small” as cleaning out a closet or as “big” as a trip to Bora Bora. You don’t have to believe that You can do it, you just have to want it. Step 2 will help you decide if you should want it, and you will find out what God thinks about it.
Define your dream. You know what mine is, I would love to hear yours. Remember it can be small or large. No rules. You’re not limited to one dream in your lifetime. After accomplishing one with God’s help, He’ll have a lot more ideas for you. Of that you can be sure.
Real Life Examples of Dreams (from people I know) :
- Go to Bora Bora
- Open a Worship Center
- Achieve financial prosperity
- Meet and marry the woman/man of my dreams
- Organize a house
- Have a clean house
- Clean out a closet
- Lose weight
- Achieve a fitness goal
- Get a job they love
- See a loved one saved
- Publish a Book
Now it’s time for me to work on my book! Blessings to all as you dream!
My favorite 31 Days to Write post for today was from Coddled Little Life and it is called, “Say Yes to the Sprinkler!” It’s great insight for moms and others. And yes, I borrowed from her title because it fit.