WHAT DO YOU DREAM ABOUT? 1 “Don’t be afraid of those who dream while they’re sleeping – rather, be afraid of those who dream while they’re awake!” Jim Graham 2 WHO SAID? Some men see things as they are and ask why? Others dream things that never were and ask why not? 3 George Bernard Shaw Some men see things as they are and ask why? Others dream things that never were and ask why not? Do You Have a Dream? Do you have a dream? • “I don’t want this to come as a shock to you, but you will be going to an Olympic Games, and I think we should start thinking about that now…” Peter Coe speaking to his son, Sebastian Do you have a dream? No British athlete in the history of track & field has achieved more world records or world best times than Sebastian Coe Do you have a dream? Seb Coe had another Dream – to bring the Olympic Games to London in 2012 Do you have a dream? • • • • Where do dreams come from? How do you get a dream? How do you keep it alive? How long do you have to wait to see a dream come true? • How much will it cost? Delight in God Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart's desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:4-5(NLT) 10 Delight in God You don't have what you want because you don't ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don't get it because your motives are all wrong-you want only what will give you pleasure. James 4:2-3(NLT) 11 Delight in God “Give me wisdom & knowledge to rule your people well…” King Solomon Delight in God God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people 13 Delight in God “I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future” 2 Chronicles 1:11-12(NLT) Delight in God “Do you seek great things for yourself?”, Jeremiah asked Baruch, “Don’t do it!” Jeremiah 45:5 Delight in God “I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation. I want to serve the purpose of God while I am alive. I want to give my life for something that will last forever, Oh, I delight, I delight to do your will…” Mark Altrogge Refuse to Let Go of Your Dream Refuse to Let Go of Your Dream One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ Refuse to Let Go of Your Dream The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Luke 18:1-5 NLT Refuse to Let Go of Your Dream Paul's’ dream for his people: Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved.” Romans 10:1 Expect Disappointments Expect Disappointments “ ... just because something hasn’t been done before is no reason not to do it ... ... at various stages in my life, people have said to me, ‘It can’t be done’, that just makes me try harder... Expect Disappointments “Hearing someone tell me that I can’t achieve something generally makes me want to prove the doubters wrong. It’s a powerful motivator.” The Winning Mind by Seb Coe Accept the Cost It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not turn from evil to attain them. Proverbs 13:19 Accept the Cost “How much did it cost?” “Not much, just one man’s lifeblood”. Quintin Hogg On founding the London Polytechnic Accept the Cost I have a dream… I have a Dream… Make It a Team Effort Two people can accomplish twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labour. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT Make It a Team Effort “I had the happiness to command a band of brothers” Lord Nelson in a dispatch to Earl Howe 8th Jan.1799 after his victory at the Battle of Santa Cruz De Tenerife DREAM! • Delight in God • Refuse to Let Go • Expect Opposition • Accept the Cost • Make It a Team Effort DREAM! • Remember! “The greatest danger in life is not aiming too high and missing it, but aiming too low and hitting it…” DREAM! “Expect great things from God Attempt great things for God” William Carey My Prayer for You God give you more than you can ever think to ask God use you far beyond the boundary of your task God lead you further than your vision can yet see God mould you day by day more perfectly God bless you in a way that he sees best God bless you so that every life you touch is blessed.