What happened to your dream?
To borrow the words of the poet Langston Hughes, has it dried up like a raisin in the sun? Or is it festering like a sore?
Have you given up on that idea that used to make you smile when you thought about it? Does it seem like your time has passed?
Life happened while you were making other plans and now it seems like that dress size, college degree, career, business, book or family is the impossible dream. Perhaps you feel like your dream is dead.
Don’t give up. Dreams can be brought back to life and realized. It’s not too late to live your dream. But maybe it won’t look exactly how you envisioned it. It might be even better. Here’s some steps to take in the New Year to resurrect your dream.
Pray and Plan
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Start praying to God about your purpose and His plan for your life and ask Him to show you how He wants you to fulfill it. Ask Him to revive your dream and give you a vision for your life. The Bible says if anyone needs wisdom from God, all he has to do is ask and God will give it to him (James 1:5). His thoughts toward you are good ones. He plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
While you’re praying and seeking God’s wisdom, start planning. Write the vision (Habakkuk 2:2). Write what it takes to get where you want to go. Start journaling. Make a vision board, a collage of pictures of who you want to be and where you want to go and put it where you can see it. Read and research. Seek advice. Seek a mentor who is doing or has done what you want to do. Surround yourself with positive people who speak life to your dreams instead of death.