You’ve seen the saying, “If you haven’t failed, you haven’t really tried.” I believe the same goes true with dreaming. You aren’t stretching yourself unless a dream or two has died. I personally have buried several dreams in my life, but I will keep dreaming for 2023…and I encourage you to do the same.
I love how God can speak through anything: the Bible, a sermon, a song, a burning bush, or a movie! I recently saw a 2005 film called Dreamer staring Kurt Russell (the Dad), Dakota Fanning (the daughter), and Kris Kristofferson (the Grandfather). In this true story, we immediately learn the Grandfather gave up on his dream and sold off most of his horse ranch. Meanwhile, his son is desperately trying to stay afloat and provide for his family. The daughter just loves horses and wants to spend time with her Dad.
Bitterness resides where love once lived, but a horse name Soñador (Dreamer) comes to change all of that. Injured in a race, Soñador should have been put down, but the Dad decides to try and heal him like in the old days.
A spark of a dream ignites in the heart of the daughter, and she gets her Grandfather believing again. The Dad won’t have anything to do with the idea or the Grandfather, but God has other plans. Soñador heals completely and is ready to race again. God uses the horse for reconciliation of not only family relations but of financial standing.
You will want to see the movie, but be prepared for an emotional roller coaster. Like many big dreams, obstacles and hurdles are thrown at them with shady businessmen who don’t play fair. For every step forward they make, they end up taking two back. The daughter’s tenacity and determination is amazing and contagious on and off the screen.
Some scenes are pure joy while others are heartbreaking, but in the end, you learn some incredible lessons.
- Don’t be so discouraged and negative that you are the person stepping on someone else’s dream. Just because your dream didn’t turn out doesn’t mean someone else’s won’t. And besides, each person must take their dream as far as they can. It is their journey to walk.
- Never stop dreaming! A little bit of us dies when we stop believing. As Christians, this is more than just dreaming but believing the great plans He has for us!
- Sometimes the pursuit of the dream is the victory. In the movie, the family takes a bold step no one else was willing to take. Fear prevents a lot of people from taking action toward their dreams. God asks more of us…walk by faith and not by sight. If God has placed a big dream in your heart, you must at least pursue it. The results are in His hands.
- Lastly, don’t lose hope. Some dreams take a long time and will have many setbacks. Keep the faith, and you just might be surprised. Remember, what seems impossible for man is POSSIBLE for God.
The last few years have been challenging, and we must not lose hope. We must continue to dream, believe, and keep the faith. Sometimes one dream must die so that another may live, especially when God is involved. Rest assured if He let something die He has something even better in mind for you.
Every dream must be put into manageable goals with outlined actions to take and set deadlines. As a coach, I can help you create a map to follow and pray with you along the path. Let’s dream and make it happen together!