6 Reasons Why You Need A Dream

Did you ever wish that there was something more in store for your life?

Most people have at one time or another. We are born. We go to kindergarten. We go to elementary and middle school, then high school. And somewhere along the way we begin to dream.

We dream that life is going to be amazing. We believe that we are the exception to the rule. There is something special and unique about our life.

Most people then go to college and the dream that they have gets shattered. Real life takes them by storm. Maybe a series of unfortunate events take place that put you directly into the workforce and life just starts to happen to you. Listen…you don’t have to give up on having a dream!

In fact…you need a dream. Dreams are important. Since I’m a believer, I live with the hope that God has a dream for every person’s life. It may not be exactly what you expected; and our life certainly isn’t a fairy tale. But dreams are real. They come from God. I believe that God really did make every person special and unique.

There is a unique call on your life that only you can fulfill.

That call is the basis of your dream. I want to give you six reasons why I think every person needs a dream in their life.

1. Dreams are motivators.

You need something that is going to give you a spark. I need something that is going to keep me moving forward, when I would rather sit still. What we need is a dream.

Dreams are motivating forces in our life. They help us to keep our life forward looking. Why is that important? Simply put, our past is behind us. There is nothing to turn back to. Without a dream motivating us to go forward, we have the potential to be stuck in the past.

You can see people from all arenas of life that get stuck. In fact, you’ve probably known some people like that. What they needed was a dream to motivate them.

2. Dreams require risk.

Some people avoid risk at all cost. But can I tell you a secret? Taking an educated risk is the way to make it to the greatest pay off.

If you are a Christian, risk is the byproduct of faith. Here’s what I mean…We believe God for something (faith)…so we are willing to put our faith to the test (risk). Our faith is so strong that we are willing to risk looking foolish, or even risk failure because we believe deep down that God has placed our dream in front of us.

Risk is not easy but it holds great rewards. Often our faith is empowered the most as we see God come through in response to our prayerful risk taking.

What about you…Have you ever taken a risk, or do you always just play it safe?

3. Dreams push us to be better.

When there is a dream in front of you that motivates you to take risks and walk forward, you begin to push yourself to be better in every area so that your dream doesn’t become a failure based on your shortcomings.

Your dream is pushing you to succeed. If your dream involves your career, you’re likely to hone and polish your job skills. Maybe your dream has to do with your family…you’re probably going to put in the effort to be a better husband, dad, mother, or wife.

Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. They are inspired in our heart. If a person is a Christian, I believe their dream comes from God. In any case, having a dream pushes us to be better in order to reach it.

4. Dreams help us make decisions.

Dreams are a filter that we run all of our opportunities through. When presented with a decision between two good things, we decide which is best based on whether or not it lends itself to making our dream a reality. This is especially true if a person believes that God has a plan for his or her life.

You believe that your dream is part of God’s plan. So every decision that comes your way gets easier. It either takes you toward God’s dream for your life, or it moves you further away from it. Since you know that living your dream…reaching your dream…seeing it happen is how things are supposed to be, you make your decision based on that.

I’m sure there are those people that will disagree with this line of thinking. That’s okay. As a believer, I put my faith in what I feel is God’s plan for my life. Throughout the years this has simplified the decision making process immensely. And honestly, I couldn’t feel better about where my decisions in life have taken me. I am currently living out one of my dreams!

5. Dreams help us stick to it, trust God, and be faithful.

How can you give up until you reach your dream? Especially if you feel like God has put the idea of it in your heart?

Your dream is important because it fulfills what you believe is supposed to happen. You believe God put it there…don’t give up on your dream.

All you have to do to move forward is don’t go backward. All you have to do to trust God is keep taking faith-filled risks. Just be faithful with what you have, where God has placed you; and He will see and reward your faithfulness.

You have a reason not to give up today…

Today may be the day that the opportunity comes. What if today where the moment where God finally opens your door? Holding on to your dream keeps you faithful to God during the process of turning your dream into reality.

6. Dreams are roadmaps to what could be and should be.

If you really believe that your dream came from God…or that your dream is the thing that will fulfill your life…then your dream is not just what could be, it’s what SHOULD BE.

In the bottomline, a person’s dream is their vision. It’s what they believe should be in their life.

Your dream is a vision that guides you from point A to point B.

My encouragement for you today is to keep going for what SHOULD BE in your life. Don’t settle for where you are; but reach for what God has next. Your dream could be and should be your future.

Here’s what to do:
Begin asking God to help you stay faithful to your dream. Pray that God will direct your steps towards His plan for your life.

I’d really like to know what some of your biggest dreams are. Sometimes just taking the time to write it down makes your dream seem more real. Will you share your dream in the comment box below?


Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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