Widely and wildly misquoted, Henry David Thoreau did not say – Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
According to my research and the amazing internet, he said,
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Either way, I like it!
Confidence and dreams and deciding and working and…
A colleague of mine recently realized her dream of publishing a book.
I will not be envious, I will not be envious.
A friend has lost 30 pounds in 6 months.
You will not be envious, you will not be envious.
But really - Why not me? Or you? Why not now? The decision is in our hands. Today is the day.
What are you dreaming about?
“Dreams don’t work unless you do” - atributed to Walt Disney and John Maxwell and a couple others
What does scripture say about dreams? What does God say? He gives them to us.
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 GW
God has crazy amazing plans-dreams for you.
Are you existing, striving, running like a hamster on a wheel?
Or are you living in peace, pursuing the things of God, making a difference every single day?
I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10b
Dreaming = Deciding + Doing
Lots of us are not very adept dreamers. The ability gets squished out of us…by our parents, our friends, family and society.
Pursue your dreams they say BUT grow-up, get a 9-5 and be miserable just like the rest of us.
This is not Gods plan – there is no misery, no just gettin’ by when you pursue the things of God.
Seriously, it’s time to dream – what’s missing from your life – your work – your relationships?
Do you dream of a stronger faith walk? Don’t just dream – start doing.
Set apart time for God, everyday. You will be amazed at what happens.
Is being a better parent a dream? Don’t just dream – start doing.
Get intimate with God so you can hear his guiding. Being a better parent requires modeling, forgiving, owning mistakes, erroring on the side of love. Work.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
When you hang out with God he puts His dreams and desires in you. Then you can go boldly to the throne, His throne and ask for those dreams to come true. Ask for clear direction and guidance.
I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 AMP
Pray that the LORD your God will show us what to do and where to go.
Jeremiah 42:3 NLT
Do you dream of a better life? Why? What does it look like? How could those things happen?
The crazy thing about a full spiritual life is your dreams start to change because your heart gets lined up with the will of God. The closer I am to God the less I want things not from or of Him.
Your dreams go from Me, Me, Me to becoming dreams of making a difference for others, living the best life to honor God and being blessed so you can be a blessing.
What’s your Today is the Day - 1,2,3?
#1 Dream – with God’s help
#2 Decide – with God’s help
#3 Do – with God’s help
Peace & Love,
Mindi Huebner is a business owner, professional conversationalist and crazy forgiver. Mindi is scandalously obsessed with leaving people and things better than she found them. If you think LOVE is always the answer, join her as she writes about her road trips with God at www.backrowfaith.com. If you don’t think love is always the answer, join her anyway. Go.Be.Love