Doug Creamer: Dreams to drive us

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 7, 2013

We have just enjoyed our long Labor Day weekend. We all make our own choices about how to spend an extra day off. We had a pleasant mix here at my house. We got a few things done that needed our attention, but we also had a quiet and relaxing day.
We’ve had a few setbacks around here the last couple of weeks, the latest of which was the crashing of the hard drive on my computer. I went to the store and got a new drive and have spent a considerable amount of time setting everything back up again. Having to re-install all my programs and get Windows up and running has been quite a challenge.
I know I have lost some of my files and all of my links to my favorite websites. I backed up my hard drive in late May and a couple of weeks ago I had a feeling I needed to download a book I have been working on. I still need to get my back up hard drive down and download all old my files, pictures, and other data that I saved.
There have been other things happening that remind us life goes through some ups and downs.
Recently, it feels like life is pushing on us from multiple angles and I am not sure how to push back. Some of the challenges are good ones, but they are still challenging.
It’s easy when life gets to pushing you around to sit back and let it run you over. It takes effort and drive to stand up and be willing to fight back.
I was just surfing the Internet when I came across the story of Diana Nyad, who swam from Cuba to Florida, a distance of 110 miles. She did it at the age of 64 without a shark cage.
That to me is an inspiring story. This was her fifth attempt at the challenge. It can be said that she failed to reach her goal the four previous times, but she did not give up on her dreams.
I believe that God gives each one of us dreams. Some dreams are those wishful hopes that we all have, like winning the lottery.
The dreams I mean are those driving forces in our lives that push us back again and again even if we fail to achieve them the first few times. We are determined to reach and accomplish what feels like the impossible to us.
Dreams often encounter roadblocks. I have to wonder if God allows those roadblocks to see if we have the spiritual drive to reach and not give up on those dreams.
Joseph dreamed he would be a ruler one day, yet he lived in a dungeon for several years. Keeping the dream alive is probably what kept him alive.
David was told prophetically that he would be king but he had to serve Saul and face Goliath. David also had to run for his life when Saul decided to kill him. His dream and destiny helped to keep him focused during the hard times.
God has an eternal perspective on our lives that is not bound by time.
He knows what we can and will become so he has to find a way to encourage us to press on during the tough times.
His solution is dreams. They are powerful motivators to move us beyond our current limits to reach limits we never imagined.
Dreams are not accomplished in our own strength. We need the power of the spirit within us to push and drive us.
The spirit gives us that tireless energy to accomplish what God desires. The purpose of the dream is to push us. Also, when we accomplish our dreams we can inspire others to reach for their dreams too.
I don’t know what obstacles you might feel are in your way, but I want to encourage you to press on toward the fulfillment of your dreams.
I know that there are pitfalls and things that stand in your way, that’s what makes the fulfillment of your dream so inspirational to others.
They will see that you rose to overcome and become convinced that they can do it too. God- inspired dreams are destined to be fulfilled. Press on and let the dreams drive you.
Doug Creamer lives in Faith. His website is located at