Our Dreams and the God Factor

“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
–Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

We are a generation of dreamers. We dream about living a particular lifestyle. Or we dream about being with a particular person. Or we dream about having a particular job. Or we dream about accomplishing a particular goal. Or we dream about being a particular type of person. Dreams can help us envision what the future could look like and they can inspire us to move faithfully towards such a future. The battle cry of our generation is to “aim for our dreams and shoot for them.” And that’s because it’s all supposedly within our reach.

I’ve read plenty of personal development books that talk about things like clarifying your dreams/personal vision and working your way towards achieving them. Many of these books have certainly had beneficial things to say. But I’ve always been bothered about something. Most of the books that I’ve read leave out an important factor: God. Now I understand when non-Christian authors leave God out of the equation. It’s pretty obvious why. But strangely, I’ve found that Christian authors tend to leave God out too. And if they do mention God, they do so weakly and reluctantly. And that has always baffled me.

If there is truly a God out there, wouldn’t He be the most important consideration when determining what our dreams are? In fact, God and His ways, wants, and desires becomes the very foundation on which our dreams are built upon. If we don’t include God, we’ll be prone to creating dreams that simply suit our personal wants and whims. And many people have. They’ve created dreams based on what they think will satisfy them. Or what will make them happy. Or what will give them a sense of fulfillment. Or what will make them seem successful. But are these dreams the very dreams that God Himself dreams for us?

“Aim for your dreams and shoot for them” is good advice. But it’s only good advice when our dreams are well-grounded in God to begin with. If you aim for the wrong dream and shoot for it, you’re going to end up in the wrong place regardless of how zealous you are. So when dreaming, don’t ever leave God out of it.