I received a great question this morning from Alicia. She writes, “Are dreams and goals different? I consider myself to have goals, like pay off my mortgage in 15 years but no real dreams.”
The answer is yes, although the difference between a dream and a goal can be subtle. According to Time Thoughts: Resources for Personal and Career Success, “Dreams are your ultimate destination, while goals are the intermediate stops along the way. Dreams represent what you want and why, while goals represent your plan to get you there.”
Alicia you mentioned in your email that you want to pay off your mortgage in 15 years. That is a wonderful dream! Now the steps you take to realize that dream is what is called goal-setting. One step may be to double up on your mortgage from time to time, and another might be to pick up a part-time job and use that income to pay down the mortgage. Whatever the case if you succeed at fulfilling your goals your dream will come true!
What about you? What is your dream? Today we were reminded on the Morning Prayer Call to dust it off!!! Ecclesiastes 5:3 reads, “For a dream comes through much activity, And a fool’s voice is known by his many words.” We are reminded in this scripture that achieving a dream takes effort. Not just talk but some doing because we are assured that faith without works is dead.
Thankfully, when God places a dream in our hearts He has the plan for our success all mapped out. When we allow Him to build our houses (Ps. 127:1) we are assured that His dreams will actualize. It may not look like it right now, but every good promise that the Lord has spoken will come to pass. Just don’t give up!
This week on the Morning Conference Call we will focus on the Anatomy of a Dream. In other words, what are the specific or necessary components of a dream? Here are the key takeaways:
- The Dream is Bigger Than Me – God’s dream is far bigger and greater than anything we could dreamed up on our own. Therefore, we need to rely on His strength and not ours to fulfill His dream.
- On the way to the dream there will be seasons of lack. That may not be what you want to hear, but it is the truth.
- Patience is a virtue. God will do His work according to His timing. You can rush it if you like but it won’t be pretty.
- Stay alert and walk through every open door. Like we were reminded today, dust off your dreams. Just because it didn’t happen when you would have liked for it to happen, don’t give up. Pick the dream back up and start looking for those open doors of opportunity.
- No matter the obstacles, pursue what is yours. I heard Joyce Meyer say, “rejection is God’s protection.” If a door closes, praise God! That means it wasn’t your door. When your open door comes along, no devil in hell will be able to keep from you what is yours (see Isaiah 54:17)!
Keep on surrendering and I will catch you on the call.
With God all things are possible,
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