I don’t know where we got this idea, but it seems like Christians think “dreaming” will take us off the path that God has for us. I think dreaming actually does the exact opposite. The reason dreaming is so important, I think is because it is how we become who we were created by God to be.
Dreaming is less about coming up with a grand plan for our life, and more about discovering who we were created to be.
That’s why it is imperative for everyone — especially Christians — to dream. Without the process of dreaming we can’t discover our true identity, which is rooted in Christ.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
I think many of us have interpreted that verse as if God is going to give us all the things we dream of having, like cars and houses if we just love Him more than those things. But I don’t think that’s what the psalmist is saying.
I think that, when we seek God, He actually gives us the desires in our hearts.
In other words, I believe the longings we have in our heart were planted by God.
It isn’t until we admit these desires, and explore them, that we begin to discover the life God has for us.
One of the things we need to become dreamers is community. We need people who are willing to help us discover our strengths, and also willing to be honest about our weaknesses. They help us by pointing out the successes and accomplishments that we might not otherwise notice.
They are honest with us about the areas where we seem to be spinning our wheels, and even areas that are not necessarily our strengths, but that we should just keep as hobbies.
Another thing we need to dream is an ability to be introspective.
Other people can help us to notice some things, but some things we have to notice ourselves.
We have to notice what kinds of things make us happy, and ask ourselves the question: why? We have to pay attention to the things that get us out of bed in the morning, what gives us energy or makes us “tick” so to speak.
Paying attention to those things is all part of dreaming.
Learning to be introspective is a little bit like prayer, and sometimes is prayer. Talking to God helps us discover what we really want out of life.
As Christians, we should be the first to dream and the first to encourage others to dream. Dreaming is collaborating with God to call into existence the life He has for us.
Are you a dreamer? How has dreaming helped you get to where you are?
Darrell Vesterfelt is the CEO of the Prodigal Media Group, a storytelling firm based in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife Ally. Darrell is the original #unblogger. You can connect with him on Twitter or call him at (612)802-5227.