God didn’t give up on his dreams, neither should you
Steve Jobs saw the iPhone first in his dreams. Elon Musk had to create the Tesla in his mind first. And David had to think of the temple first before Salomon could build it.
None of the great philosophies, works of art or changes in society would be possible without someone thinking of it first.
Meaning and purpose drive humans to create. The wildest deeds are fueled by impossible dreams. Ending slavery, traveling to the moon and spreading the gospel by the 12.
Creation is fueled by a want to see your dreams become reality. Your vision justifies the long hours you spent on your project. The sleepless nights and the mulling over in your head. The things only you can see, the time only you will put in and the risk of failure.
Dreaming of greatness is a treat of the young. Lack of experience and endless possibilities make for open minds. We see Forbes 30 under 30, YouTube millionaires with braces and Bieber and Kardashian discovered on social media.
Then we grow up. We get a wife and kids, maybe a house to top things up. We tried a few things and realized that life’s not a gift shop. The pushback is harder than expected. Fighting takes energy.
We get trapped in our jobs because the American dream is expensive. Two cars, a mortgage, and the student loans: it’s time to wake up, you gotta make money!
Throughout the daily hustle, the years keep piling on. Our dreams melt away until we forget about them. We look back at our dying dreams and ask ourselves: Was that it?
“The things I’ve accomplished, the money I’ve made and the toys I’ve bought. Was that worth it?”
The making and breaking
Purpose and dreams aren’t children’s talk. Their fulfillments are tattooed on our hearts. Even if we ignore them, they don’t go away.
We don’t act because we’re afraid. Fear of the workload, fear of failure and fear of stepping up. They hold us back and yet we know that we have to start.
We push it away until one day, our dreams die with us. Apathy robbed us of our destiny. We took our talents and hid them in the ground. Go ahead and read what happens to the servant who did that.
Where does it come from?
So where does this drive to create originate? Why do we have to fulfill our destiny and build a legacy?
Because we’re made in the image of God.
Look around you. The moon and the stars, the universe and the beauty of this world. It’s an executed design made of a dream, created out of nothing.
Before he spoke this world into existence, God had it on his mind first to create us. Before we existed on this earth, we were first perceived in the mind of God.
Just as you and me, I can imagine God’s fascination with his thought. He imagined how we would be like and, since he made us free, what we would do.
God’s dream was to create and love his family. He is committed , and he put in the work to make it a reality.
Who would invest into their dream, build it out and then forsake it? Not with a labour of love, not when you do the thing you were born for.
Jobs loved beauty and Musk wants to populate Mars. Mother Theresa wanted to love the sick and Hudson Taylor wanted to see the gospel brought to China.
These heroes aren’t known for their random success but for the sacrifice they were willing to take to see their dreams become a reality.
God made you to be like him. You can’t ignore your calling. A part of you will always be left wondering what if I tried? Creating is part of mankind’s DNA; he made us to build.
Crafting your dream is work but your fuel is the imitation of God himself. Our goal as believers is to be like Jesus.
Remember who the world was created through?