Why Do We Stop Dreaming?
Bible Character: Joseph
“Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly a sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” Genesis 37:6-7 NIV
Somewhere along the line we stop dreaming so much…and we start turning into planners. There’s great importance in planning, but constant planning takes us away from unconstrained dreaming.
Why do we stop trying to change the world?
We mature right? We get to the point in our professional and personal life that we have attained many of our “goals”; the enthusiasm for creative dreams succumbs to a more subdued grown-up mind set.
You know who didn’t prescribe to this idea…Steve Jobs. I have difficulties with some of the way Steve Jobs conducted his professional and personal life, but he could sure dream. Here are some of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes:
It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. – Steve Jobs
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again — less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. – Steve Jobs
Stay hungry. Stay foolish. – Steve Jobs
Keep Connected to God
Joseph kept a close connection to God his entire life. The Pharaoh of Egypt eventually needed Joseph to interpret his own dreams. Joseph response to Pharaoh’s request by was, “I cannot do it”, Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16
Joseph’s dreams and interpretations came from God…Don’t assume yours don’t.