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Hello, dreamers

May 12, 2010

Are you ready for something phenomenal?

Donald Miller, Jon Acuff, and Patricia from Tennessee on my Dove Chocolate wrapper were all on the same wavelength as I was yesterday! That doesn’t happen ever often. I’d be a fan of it happening daily regularly. But seriously, they all talked about dreams yesterday. Ready?

Donald Miller said that artistic dreams are worth pursuing.

God does not run a company in which He is looking to make a profit. His creation is more like family than business. In a family, everything isn’t “profit” driven. What’s important in family is togetherness, empathy, understanding and solidarity. If He had created a factory within which we were designed to “get work done” there would be no beauty in a sunset (it would distract the workers) or romantic inclinations toward our partners.

Jon Acuff said that dreams are often met with resistance.

Have you ever noticed that doubters spring up like weeds if you try to grow flowers in the garden of your life? Whether it’s a new job or a dream career, opposition or as author Steven Pressfield calls it, “resistance,” blossoms. Pursuing your dreams is a grand insult to those who haven’t pursued their own. You can tell, because people who have not accomplished something always criticize harsher than those who have.

But that we should keep pursuing the work right in front of us.

The temptation right now is to think that you are not, to think that because you are not a minister or a missionary or currently packing your bags for Guam that you are not doing a great thing, but you are. If you run into a single person today, you are doing a great work. If you have the chance to bump into someone with love today, you are doing a great work. If you have the opportunity to be light in a dark world or salt in a world that needs it, you are doing a great work. (Even the Bible believes in you more than you do sometimes. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”)

And Patricia from Tennessee from my Dove Chocolate wrapper said, “Dare to dream and go for it.”

That looks like a whole lot of confirmation to me. Be encouraged, dreamers.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.”

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