What did you want to be as a child? My brother used to tease me because my interests ranged from dolphin trainer to missionary, rock star to teacher. At one point I distinctly remember wanting to be a “musicianary” (it’s a musician/missionary) who rode her horse through Uzbekistan while playing on her grand piano and singing about God. I have no idea how that piano got onto that poor horse, or how the poor creature carried it, and I certainly don’t know why in the world I would want to go to Uzbekistan, but that was my dream.
Most of us, at some point after this, then realise that we need to come up with something feasible and secure – hence the primary school ideas of fire-fighting, teaching, nursing, or flying to the moon. All of these are actual jobs!
And so we progress… getting more realistic… getting more boring! And we lose those fantastic childish dreams! What’s so terrible about being childish anyway? Ask almost any adult where they’d like to be on their age timeline, and the likely response will be somewhere in the category where dreams were more than whimsies and farce. At some lethal point, our dreams die and we are dragged into “reality”, and all too often we don’t go kicking and screaming.
So now I have to ask, what happened to our dreams? True to myself, I must mention those dear Disney Princesses I am so fond of – Belle with her great “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere”, Kayley (Quest for Camelot) with her “How am I ever going to do great things if I’m stuck here with these silly chickens?”, or Pocahontas’ “Why do all my dreams extend just around the riverbend?”
Up until now, this post has been quite useless – it’s just a silly rant, really. But I do have something to say – if you want the serious stuff, read on!
Here is my opinion: we need to embrace our dreams. Sure, be realistic, but keep your head in far enough in the clouds that you can see your feet, and still reach for the stars. When we expect our lives to amount to nothing, they inevitably do, but what makes the greatest people great is that they dared to dream – to do the extraordinary! Alexander Bell dreamed up a way of talking to others over a distance! People must have thought he had lost it… Zuckerberg dreamed up a social networking site – and now we have facebook! Noah built an ark, Esther became queen, David became king, Solomon was one of the greatest men to ever live. The list goes on and on. And maybe you’re arguing that not all these people dreamed – maybe you’re right… but maybe, just maybe, that’s because they let God do the dreaming for them.
Had Esther gone for “realistic” there would have been a poor girl sitting at home darning socks and a nation destroyed. Had Solomon decided to go for “practical”, there would have been a mediocre kingdom and a bored, useless king. What sets greatness apart from mediocrity is the insatiable desire to be more than what the world expects! Those who dare to try – knowing that they might fail horribly – are the ones who make it.
I believe that each and every one of us believes we are destined for something. We don’t necessarily know what, but we know there is something. We spend years – sometimes our entire lives – looking for our purpose. We discard our dreams for something expected and follow the status quo down a road that leads to boredom and dead ends. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back to believing in happy endings?
I decided some time ago that I would believe that I am made for something greater than this world allows. People seem to think that optimists are born that way – I beg to differ. I chose to be this way. I may have no clue where my life is going, or what I’m doing with my life, but I know that it’s going to be good and I know it because I never stopped dreaming.
…And this Disney Princess has already found her Prince.
Dreams do come true! We just need to allow them to be shaped by the one who put them there instead of pushing them, and Him, away. Believe in fairytales and have faith in God and you will see miracles you never even dreamed possible.
Child of God, you are destined for something great!