HOW CHANGING YOUR DREAMS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
This is an excerpt from my soon-to-be-released book, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR WORLD! Enjoy!
In Chicago years ago there was a ragged newsboy who used to huddle on a sidewalk grating near the Chicago Tribune building because the flow of heat from the presses operating in the basement of the building kept him warm. From that vantage point, the boy could see well-dressed men and women going into a theater across the street where brilliant lights on the marquee spelled out the evening’s attraction.
He decided one cold night that some day he would be that attraction himself, and to record the birth of this impossible dream he took a rusty nail and scratched his name and date on the concrete of a window sill behind the grating. And the years passed, and the dream did not die, and the day came when the ragged newsboy, now attired in white tie and tails, held the crowds that came to the theater spellbound with the most astounding array of magical tricks the stage had ever seen. He was Howard Thurston, the great magician, and sometimes he would take his friends and show them the name and date dimly scratched on the concrete window sill so many years before.1
Dream Your Dreams
I dare you to dream an ‘impossible’ dream. This is because I believe that your accomplishments are only limited by the size of your dreams. What you see is what you become. Men don’t live in big houses, they live in their dreams. Whatever a man does achieve or does not achieve is determined by his dreams. Mediocre dreams yield mediocre lives. The size and quality of your life is directly proportional to the size and quality of your dreams.
Your dream is your picture of the future. Your dream is your life. You are only as big or as small as your dream is. Dr. David Oyedepo puts it succinctly: “You cannot feature in a future you cannot picture!” He is right. Little dreams will give you a little life while big dreams yield big destinies. That’s why when you change your dream – that inner picture of the future you have seen in God, you’re on your way to changing your life.
Your ‘dream’ is not that shadowy image that flickers through your mind when you’re asleep. No, I’m talking about a picture formed in your imagination and thoughts of how tomorrow will be. The thoughts and pictures of your heart – those are the dreams I’m referring to. And they are so important that the Bible says, “As (a man) thinks (or imagines) in his heart, so is he.”2 As you think you are. God’s power only works in your life according to your dreams (thoughts).
Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams.] (Ephesians 3:20 Amp.)
I’ll continue tomorrow.