The first tenet is to agree that absolute truths exist and truth will be the language of our dreams. If we are going to dream in another language, or someone else’s language, then we run the risk of pursuing dreams that others have told us to pursue. What’s worse, self-deception can more easily occur if we’re being less than truthful with ourselves about what God wants for us. When we ask God to help us with our dreams, we must believe what we hear from Him and not substitute our own agendas or seemingly easier ways of realizing them. If we truly want to see our dreams become real, we must articulate that reality using God’s language of truth.
The second tenet is to agree that faith is the landscape upon which we paint—or visualize—our dreams. We all have faith in something. But if we truly want what God wants for us as we dream, we’ll pursue those dreams with the faith God gives us, staying plugged in to Him along the way. Faith will map out the journey for us. In this way, we will “stay in our lane” as we run the race to achieve the dreams God has for us.
The third tenet is to conclude that we are content with where God wants us to start dreaming. Think of it this way. God doesn’t care where we start, but He has placed us where we are with certain experiences and abilities and we are to use those life lessons and skills to dream into the future with Him. Being content with God and His presence in, provision for, and providence over your life may be difficult for some who live in poverty or come from a broken home. But I cannot believe that God wants us to dream out of a spirit of discontentment.
You may not be personally happy with how you’ve prepared for life’s looming transitions. But if you want to realize your future dreams, launch them on the foundation of God’s sufficiency for you and your family’s future. After all, He loves you more than you love yourself. He has placed you where He wants you and He knows exactly what He’s doing.
With those three tenets in place, you can start visualizing your dreams. You do this already. When you take your children to visit colleges, is that just to talk to the admissions offices about scholarships, or is it to help your children see themselves at that institution and visualize their future there?
Ask your children about their dreams, and make an effort to help them establish that foundation of dreaming in their lives. Dream alongside them and visualize your dreams with them. Then, stand back and be amazed at how God works for both of you.
My family knows best that when I stop dreaming, I will have stopped breathing. Like me, when you embrace His reality for your life, you’ll never stop dreaming.