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Friday, July 15, 2016

Think About It

Don’t Stop Dreaming
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Remember how we used to dream when we were children? Pretending and make believe were part of our normal day. We dreamt up all sorts of ideas and things to do. Some of those I’ll admit were foolish, some even got us in trouble, but it didn’t stop us, we didn’t stop dreaming. But what happen? Somewhere between there and here, we’ve stopped dreaming. Did we give up? Didn’t someone tell us different?

I’m a dreamer. I have high hopes, sometimes higher than I could ever achieve, but I don’t stop dreaming. I suppose I drive my children and grandchildren crazy because I’m off trying something new. My wife? Well she’s just given up on me. She doesn’t like me running off to do something by myself, but she also knows that stopping me doesn’t work either.

Many people live with limitations. Sometimes these limitations are the result of health or physical reasons. I get that, but it’s those self-imposed limitations that I’m referring to. For some, their limitations come from fear, doubt, anxiety, insecurities, and a host of other things. Dreaming has been replaced with “I can’t”.

I’ve often wondered how did these limitations get birthed in our lives? Why did we stop dreaming? What happened? Is it because we were told that dreaming was for babies? Were we told to grow up? Were we shamed and guilted into dropping them from our lives? Sadly when we stop dreaming we give up. We settle into compliancy and the doldrums of everyday life.

My encouragement is to give new life to those dreams that you have hidden in the recess of your heart. It’s never too late to start dreaming again. Dreams can be reached no matter what the age and no matter what has transpired in your life. Like Caleb of old you can conquer that mountain. The only limitation that is standing in your way is yourself. It’s time to dream again. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Why dream? Doing so will just set yourself up for disappointment when reality comes crashing in. The world isn't as easy and pleasant as some hope, and foolishly believe, that it is.

Anonymous said...

Amen Bernie,

Ann said...

6:33 I am sorry you see it that way. But think. Everything you see around you is because someone dared to dream. That flashlight you use - someone's idea (dream). The home you live in, built long ago by a Dreamer. That burger you enjoy - someone dreamed of owning a restaurant. It's endless, this Dreamer stuff. Without it, we would have nothing! Everything you purchase is a result of somebody, somewhere who had a Dream. Thank God for Dreamers... :D