by Delores Topliff
Thanks to Beth Vogt for this question from her In Others' Words blog: How would you finish this sentence: Behind every dream there is ...? My answer? A seed planted by God. If we water it, it will grow. If not, it stays dormant.
"Dormant" is a sad word. Sometimes from my computer I notice house plants by a nearby window needing water. Sometimes I get up immediately and take care of them. More often, I intend to act, but don't. I must do more than think about necessary actions to produce results. I have good intentions, but sometimes my plants wilt before I'm motivated. I intend to bring water -- after writing the next paragraph or meeting some other more pressing demand. But if I delay too long, my plants do more than wilt.
Having a dream isn't enough. Neither is admiring it from a distance, thinking, "One of these days I'll do whatever is needed to make it a reality. Any day now, I'll start to do all required."
My Reality Check Manual says we get up-close and personal regarding God-given dream needs. Learn their requirements and time parameters, or our goals won't be realized. There's also no sense of planting perfect dream-seeds in the ground and hoping they'll germinate and thrive on their own. Without care and water, they won't.
Dream seeds will stay dormant, never seeing the light of day, if we don't act on opportunities. Maybe we don't even plant our seeds -- just keep them on shelves and admire them, while promising ourselves, "Someday" -- while our seeds die.
The unjust steward hid his talent in the ground instead of risking investing it for a fair return. His outcome? His talent was taken away, given to someone who would recognize its value and plant and water it faithfully. (Matthew 25:14-30)
Today's your day ... Great stories need writing. Sometimes we read authors and think, "I could do as well." But we'll never know unless we take our dream seeds, seek God's help and start the process of planting and watering.
What dream seed will you plant today? What will the first green shoots look like? Gather storage vessels because your bumper crop is coming.
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