"We can’t change anything about someone else (or what has happened), but we can choose to turn them over to God and walk forward in freedom in our own lives by forgiving." — Karen Jensen

Webster’s dictionary defines a dream as “an idea or vision that is created in your imagination” or “something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time.”

I want to challenge you as this New Year begins. I believe it’s time for you to dream!  Maybe press on with a dream you have, pick up an old dream, or dream a new one.

Know this: the dream in your heart is in there on purpose.  It’s part of God’s plan and purpose for you in the earth. And it’s totally possible. It’s not too lofty or far out. Luke 1:37 says, “With God nothing shall be impossible” and Mark 9:23 says, “If you can believe, all things are possible to them who believe.”

Let’s start believing! You have yet to dream anything too big for God.  He’s not scared of your dream, even if it scares you a little. These dreams are what God uses to get His work done in the earth.

 3 Keys

 Here are three things you must do to make your dream a reality:

1)      Determine to leave the past behind. No matter what has happened (or what hasn’t happened), there’s not one thing you can do to change the past.  You have to get over it and move on.  You can’t move forward while looking back.

The Apostle Paul said it this way in Philippians: “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark…”  Forget what’s behind and press forward! Easier said than done, but vital to fulfilling your dream.

2)      Have some guts. If your dream is so easily cast aside from people discouraging you, then it wasn’t in there very strong. You’ve gotta have some guts!  Other people have had discouragements along the way – you’re not alone:

  • Walt Disney got fired from a local newspaper for not being creative enough.
  • Oprah Winfrey was fired by a Baltimore TV producer and told that she was "unfit for television."
  • Elvis Presley was told by the manager of the Grand Ol’ Opry that he couldn’t sing and should go back to driving a truck!
  • Abraham Lincoln failed twice in business, suffered a nervous breakdown, and lost eight elections before becoming president.

Listen, people will rain on your parade – dream anyway. Circumstances with come against you – go ahead and keep moving forward. You’ll have setbacks and fall down – get back up. Some of your dreams may even be destroyed – so dream another dream! It’s not too late. Get back up. Have some guts.

3)      Stir it up. One of the best ways I know to stir up the dream in your heart is to write it down. Every January I read the book "Write it Down, Make it Happen" by Henriette Klauser (see Amazon) to help me stir up my goals and dreams for the year. You don’t have to get the book, but start writing things down! Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” I can’t tell you how or why it works – but it does.