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We admire them. Pull them out to fog a bit of hot breath upon them before dusting them to a fine shine.
We hold them tight. Waiting, counting the minutes, the hours, the days until our dreams come true.
Oh the joy of a dream!
We can't forget about our dreams. We take them down from the shelf every day and have a harder and harder time returning them to the top-most hidden-away corner. But we can't see them back there!
Front and center.
Nope, better pull it a little bit closer. Fiddle with the edges, pull the fuzz--if such a thing dare even cling to our dream--shine the front and center. Our reflection is so clear!
We put the dream back on the shelf, this time at eye level, but there it always catches our eye, snagging our attention and soon it's back in our hands, and we're glancing around for a better place to display it.
Before we know it, our dreams have become all-consuming. We are so focused on what our dreams need to succeed, we've forgotten about the Author of our dreams. We've neglected to realize that these dreams we've babied and clung to and worshiped could be taken away within the gulp of a breath.
God gave us those dreams, He can just as easily take them away.
See a dream isn't for us to covet or hoard or worship. A dream is truly a pleasure, yes. It's meant to prompt motivation and excitement, but ultimately they always belong to God. They are never truly ours. He blesses us with our dreams. Inspires us in their beauty.
We can love these dreams. But we must be a good steward of them. Use the "waiting" time, not to covet our dream or what it would be like to take it down and try it on, but to fully practice and learn and grow in who God wants us to become.
Don't steal God's joy. He loves blessing us with our dreams. When our dreams are one with His dreams for our lives, I know He must find joy in blessing us.
God's word tell us He wants the best for His children. So often we forget that the dreams He has given us haven't been birthed in our own imaginations, but been gifted to us for a season.
A glorious season. And someday, in God's timing, we'll be able to share our dream with the world. But until then, don't steal God's joy.