Summary: A dream can be an escape from reality, but it can also be an alternative to a present inadequate reality. A dream can provide an ideal toward which we strive and thereby change reality for the better.
Vanna White, the glamorous star who shows the letters on Wheel of
Fortune, was a leader in her church youth group in North Myrtle Beach,
North Carolina. Her pastor wrote about how he asked her, when she was a
senior, what she was going to do after graduation. She responded that her
dream was to become a model, and so she was going to modeling school in
This is how the pastor reacted: "Vanna, no!" I said. "Don't do that!
Those schools will do nothing but take your money. Nobody ever gets a job at
one of those places. You have brains! Ability! You could be more than a
She thanked me politely and said, "But I have this dream of going to
Hollywood and becoming an actress."
"From North Myrtle Beach?" I asked. "Vanna, that only happens in
movies. This is crazy!"
He goes on to say he is not surprised that her autobiography does not
mention his ministerial influence. He points out that Vanna makes more in
one week than he makes in a whole year of giving good advice to aspiring
teenagers. His point in telling this story is to call attention to the fact that it is
not wise to try and interfere with other people's dreams.
A dream can be an escape from reality, but it can also be an alternative to a
present inadequate reality. A dream can provide an ideal toward which we
strive and thereby change reality for the better. In his book, Finding The Goal
Posts, Lawrence Howe tells of such a dream in the life of Cecil Rhodes. He
was 22 years old when he conceived the idea of an international scholarship
fund. A plan that would bring the keenest minds from around the world to
study together, and grow in their appreciation of the culture and learning of
other lands. Such a project would, of course, take millions of dollars, but with
no money and a dream, Cecil Rhodes made out his will bequeathing millions of
dollars to this noble cause. Then he signed his name to his dream and went
out into the world to back it up.
He struggled against adversity; sometimes succeeding; sometimes failing,
but before long he came into possession of the great Kimberly Diamond Mines
in South Africa, and he became world famous for his fabulous wealth. He was
comparatively young yet when her fell prey to tuberculosis and he knew the
end was near. He called for his will to have it read. He did not need to add
anything to it except a paragraph of instructions to his lawyers advising them
how to make his wealth available to fulfill his dream. He did not even need to
sign it, for he had done that years before. As Howe said, "He literally signed
his name beneath his ideals. He built great castles in the air, and then went
out by hard work to put foundations beneath them..." Here was a dreamer
who built his castle from the top down.
His dream was not an escape from the real, but an ideal he sought to make
a part of the real. This kind of dream ought to be standard equipment in the
mind of every Christian, young and old alike. As Christians we are bound to
be realistic, but we are not bound by reality, for our ideals are always to be far
superior to the reality of what is, and they are to drive us on to change the real
till it conforms to the ideal.
In an article titled "Dreams: Pathway to Potential," Kent Hutcheson
A person who has dreams is filled with expectation,
and no obstacle seems insurmountable. He had a
positive attitude, is excited and is never bored.
This means that dreams are practically the same thing as faith. Listen to
Heb.11:1, "What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want
is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for
us...." Faith and dreams are one. It is a weak faith indeed that has no dreams
of being more of what God wants you to be in the days ahead. Someone printed
on a piece of stationary, "The poorest of all men is not the man
without a cent but the man without a dream."
In the Congressional Library over one of the entrances leading to the
archives are these words: "They build to low who build beneath the stars."
Thank God we have ideal that soars far beyond the furthest star into the very
presence of God where Jesus sits at His right hand. There is our ideal, and
our dream, if it is divine, is to be conformed to His image. This morning I
want you to consider with me a dreamer in the Old Testament whose life