They say the two most important days in a persons life were the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born.
Can you could actually tell a story about a dream you “used to have” that you may have forgotten? A dream you KNOW was given to you not by man made concoctions? A dream placed DEEP into your soul by the DREAM GIVER that you have either forgotten or are “over thinking” with your own logic and practicality?
I am reflecting on a scene in the book The Dream Giver that involves the main character called Ordinary and his Father:
One evening after work, Ordinary went to his Parents to watch the box. But their box was broken, so the house was very quiet. It was even more quiet because his Mother was out shopping at Familiar Foods.
In the quietness, Ordinary started to think about his Dream again. He looked over at his Father sitting in his recliner, staring at the single page of Nobody’s News. Maybe he could help.
“Father,” said Ordinary””I’m growing sadder by the day. I don’t like my Usual job anymore. In fact, I think I hate it.” Father looked up, “That’s terrible” he said. ” What happened.?”
Before he could stop himself, Ordinary started tslking about the Dream Giver, and about his Big Dream. ” I was made to be a Somebody and achieve Great Things!” he said. And then he told his Father the Name of his Dream. As he spoke, his voice trembled. He was sure that his Father would laugh or call him a fool.
But his Father didn’t. ” I’m not surprised to hear you say these things, “he said.
“You’re not?” said Ordinary.
No,” his Father said. “You’ve had that Dream ever since you were little. Don’t you remember? You used to build that same dream with sticks and mud in front of this very house.”
Then Ordinary did remember He’d always had his Dream! It was what he’d always wanted to do and what he’d always thought he’d be good at doing.
His eyes filled with tears, “Father,” he said, “I think I was born to do this”.
Ordinary and his Father sat together quietly. His Father seemed to be remembering something, too. After a while he asked.”When you woke up to your Big Dream Son, did you happen to find…a feather?”
Ordinary was shocked. “How did you know?” he asked.
” A long time ago, I woke up to a Dream , too.” his Father said. “And it came with a long white feather. It was a wonderful Dream. I kept the feather on my windowsill while I waited for a chance to pursue it. I waited and waited. But it never seemed possible…One day I noticed the feather had turned to dust.”
Of all the sad words, Ordinary had ever heard these were the saddest.
Before he left that night, his Father hugged him. “Don’t make the same mistake I did, Son” he said. “You don’t have to stay a Nobody. You can be a Dreamer.” from the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson
Are you waiting rather than praying and acting on your dream? Don’t make your dream just a story that starts out with “Once upon a time I had a dream… Change it today with “I have a dream…