My wife and I like to watch the TV show The Voice. Wow, what awesome talent.
But on many nights while I’m watching, I find myself choked up—sometimes even a little tear running down my face (which I turn away and make sure my wife doesn’t see!).
Here’s why I tear up.
I often tear up watching The Voice because I love to see people pursuing their dreams!
Every one of us are gifted in some way (mine isn’t singing!), and it’s my personal conviction that our gifts are connected to a dream that we each carry deep in our heart.
Bruce Wilkinson, in his book The Dream Giver, describes it this way:
“No matter where I travel in the world—whether among hard-charging Manhattan urbanites or villagers in southern Africa—I have yet to find a person who didn’t have a dream. They may not be able to describe it. They may have forgotten it. They may no longer believe in it.
But it’s there.
Like the genetic code that describes your unique passion and abilities, your Big Dream has been woven into your being from birth. You’re the only person with a Dream quite like yours. And you have it for a reason: to draw you toward the kind of life you were born to love!”
Like Wilkinson, I believe that in the heart of every person lives a dream. We may have to silence some internal voices of self-doubt or remove layers of expectation piled on us by others, but if we listen close enough, or drill deep enough, we’ll find a dream still alive.
Let’s Kill The Dream-Killers
It’s unfortunate, but some find all this encouragement about having and pursuing dreams as nothing more than idealistic romanticism or impractical sentimentalism. Others view it as just another creative way to veil increased selfishness.
I’m certainly not suggesting more materialistic, hedonistic, or narcissistic pursuits. Evaluating our motives for pursuing certain dreams is important. But what I am suggesting is that it is narrow (and arrogant) to catalog some people’s dreams as worldly and some as holy, some as altruistic and some as selfish, some as secular and some as sacred. Fortunately, God is the dream giver, and in the end only His vote counts.
I agree with pastor and author Erwin McManus’s perspective when he writes,
“When you make God your primary passion, He transforms all the passions of your heart. The result of this transformation is that it will be God’s pleasure to fulfill those passions … Your passions become your best compass for your spiritual journey. When God is your desire, you can trust the passions of your heart. It is in this state that you can most fully live a uniquely passionate life.”
The Voice, Here I Come
So whether your dream is to become a published author, run the Boston marathon, perform at Carnegie Hall, run a Fortune 500 company, build orphanages around the world, stamp out world hunger, be the world’s best stay-at-home mom, or perform on The Voice one day—if it’s a passion from God, and you’re doing it with a passion to please God, then pursue it.
Who knows, if you ever make it on The Voice, I may be watching that night!
Still Pursuing My Dreams
Ken L Roberts
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