WHENEVER I hear the word “Dream”, I remember Martin Luther King’s famous speech delivered on August 1963 before hundreds of thousands who marched in Washington D.C. to express their sentiments about the fight for equality between blacks and whites, that all men are created equal, and thus must be rightly protected under the law and be actually given equal opportunities and rights in practice. His speech came to be known for posterity as “I have a Dream” was a phrase repeatedly used to express his vision and desire for the black people of America.
Did he give up on his dream when reality was not in synch with his vision for equality? No. He not kept his dream alive. He led others to keep their common dream alive. He fought for his dream, and he acted on his dream.
A few months ago, I read this somewhere: “Don’t downgrade your dream to match reality… instead, upgrade your faith to match your destiny.”
We all have dreams. In fact, we even have dreams for others. We have dreams for our children. That is why we are willing to sacrifice our own comfort and own desires for said dreams.
Dreams like visions can become reality when we have faith and take action.
Dreams must be loftier than the state we are in now. Imagine our dreams up in the sky. Imagine a glass staircase leading up to them.
Each step of the stairs has our plans, the means to reach the top of the staircase, where our dreams lie waiting. Our dreams must include us climbing up on the staircase. Put clouds around the stairs if you wish to, and your dreams just above the highest cloud.
Add wings of faith on your feet. And keep Isaiah’s words in chapter 40 verse 31 close to your lips, and in your heart and mind: “Those who put their hope in the Lord will renew their strength they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Yes, aim high. Climb up the steps to reach your dreams.
My Dearest Children,
Your mom and I had dreams for each of you since you were young.
Today, you are all grown up, and the dreams you have may not be similar to the dreams we had for you.
We hope and pray that your dreams will come true, and may what we have prepared and sacrificed for you be in synch, or at least not be in conflict with them.
In fact, may they help make your dreams a bit easier to attain.
May you look back someday and say, “I had a dream and it came true, because I worked hard and prayed hard to make it happen. I did not allow my reality to hinder me. I made the most out of it and turned it into good.
May you fulfill your purposes in life, achieve your goals, and live out your dreams.