It’s okay to believe for the impossible. God’s dream for you is bigger than you can handle, and He designed it that way.
FIRST BLACK WOMAN FILM DIRECTOR’S PICTURE NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD
Filmmaker Ava Duvernay became the first female black director to have a movie nominated for Best Picture Oscar. She said, “If your dream includes only you, it’s too small.”
Her dream was not just about her. It opened a door for all African American women. The movie Selma told the story of the 1965 Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Martin Luther King led this peaceful protest asking for voting rights in an area where most African Americans had not been allowed to register to vote.
This film also became a teaching moment for the whole nation so we could learn about a victory for Civil Rights for African Americans and learn more about their struggle for freedom.
God deposited a dream in my heart to write a book. I didn’t know how to do that, but I began to pen whatever God inspired me to write. When I finished my book, it wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t even good. I took it to my first writers conference and found out I had a wonderful story, but I needed to learn the craft of writing. It took me fifteen years. That book never got published, but it helped me learn how to be writer.
YOU HAVE A DREAM MEANT TO REACH MANY
What about you?
God has placed a dream in you that can have a ripple effect that reaches beyond your wildest imaginations.
One day the disciples had tried and failed to cast out a demon from a boy who had convulsions. The boy’s father said to Jesus, “If you can do anything, please help us!” (my paraphrase.) Jesus answered in Mark 9:23 “If you can? Everything is possible for one who believes.” The boy’s father responded by saying, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
FLESH OUT YOUR DREAM
So where do you start when your dream is impossible?
- Pray and ask God to help you overcome your unbelief. Don’t feel guilty if you have trouble believing your dream can come true. God knew that would happen. He’s there to help you.
- Do your research. Ava Duvernay and others who produced Selma had to study the history of the Civil Rights Movement in order to make an Oscar-worthy film.
- Study your craft: Writer’s conferences and critique groups helped me hone my writing skills.
- Remember: It’s not about you. God put it in you.
FAILURE IS PART OF THE PROCESS
How many times has your dream failed?
Joseph, whose story is told in Genesis chapters 37-50 saw his dream dashed multiple times.
His brothers became jealous of him when he told them his dream of being a ruler over them, so they sold him to traveling merchants.
The merchants sold him as a slave to Pharaoh’s captain of the guard, Potiphar.
Potiphar’s wife lied and accused him of rape, so he went to prison, where the warden put him in charge because of his wisdom and competence.
All this time, Joseph chose to hold onto his dream. He clung to a right attitude and served well while he endured life as a slave and a prisoner.
Finally, Joseph was promoted in one day when Pharaoh discovered that Joseph could interpret dreams. Overnight he rose from prisoner to prince.
So can you.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2.
- Look toward your dream and not toward the devastation you’re going through.
- Don’t allow discouragement to overtake you. Yes, you will have low points and feel like giving up, but don’t stay there.
- Keep a right attitude. Guard your heart from unforgiveness and bitterness. Your faith will grow in that atmosphere.
- Remain faithful. No matter how you’re treated, walk in love and serve others well.
Do you remember the story of The Little Engine That Could?
A little engine was asked to pull a trainload of toys over a mountain to children waiting on the other side. Even though he was small, he thought he could, and he kept saying “I think I can!”
Guess what? So can you! Why? Because God says you can!