Dreaming is the Beginning of Purpose
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.” Hebrews 11:1-2
Most of us can remember what it was like to be a kid and dream about all kinds of things — things that we might look back upon and deem as unrealistic or foolish or imaginative. For example, I used to play basketball for hour upon hour every day, believing wholeheartedly that one day I’d play in the NBA. I hoped that one day I could be just like my hero, Georgetown Hoyas legend Alonzo Mourning; and each day I played pick-up basketball at the park, I would wear my Alonzo Mourning jersey and Georgetown hat. Regulars at the park even started to call me “Zo” because of my obsession with Alonzo. This obsession perhaps got out of hand when I started ordering things (for example, a Sports Illustrated subscription) under the name “Alonzo Hearn,” to which my mother responded, “I named you Travis!”
When I was a kid, I was bursting with dreams. But it seems that the longer people live, the less they dream. The world wears them down and makes them calloused. Our dreams, even the realistic ones, get shelved, as the light of our passions are dimmed. We trade what God has put on our hearts for security and mediocrity.
In Hebrews 11, we read about some of the Old Testament heroes in the Hall of Faith—men and women who placed their faith, confidence, and hope in what they could not see. Pursuing our dreams—that which God puts on our hearts to bring love and justice into the world and glory to His name—often times involves placing our faith in what we cannot see.
God wants you to keep dreaming. It doesn’t matter how young you are or how old you are. The God who created the world wants you to create something meaningful with your life. As long as you’re breathing, God wants you to keep dreaming.
Romans 8:11 says, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Within you is the power that raised Jesus from the dead, and with that comes a thousand beautiful dreams. When the world tries to knock you down, don’t forget the creative power that you possess through the mystery of the Holy Spirit—the dreams that you have to share.
• Do you believe that you are worthy enough to dream? Why or why not?
• If God created you and dared to dwell within you, what does that say about your worth and the
• nature of your dreams?
• What are some of your dreams? Are there some that you have set aside that are time to awaken and unleash?
• How can your dreams be used for God’s purposes?