Dreams in the Night

I had a dream in the night. I dreamt that I had put together a wonderful sermon outline with six major points each containing three beautiful illustrations. (DISCLAIMER: Preacher dreams are not necessarily like real people’s dreams.) I was awake enough to know I was dreaming, but too asleep to move. The points appeared printed on large file cards, perfect for saving. I relished each point and smiled through the illustrations. This was so good I needed to save the dream.

I heard about a preacher who kept a special pad beside the bed for just such occasions. He had spent the money and was telling everyone he knew to buy this special pad. It was like a small box, where the lid could open and you could store papers and an extra pencil inside. But the magic feature of his pad was found in the pen holder on the top. The moment you slid out the pen, the pad gave off a soft glow so you could see enough to write down your bright idea in the night. Unfortunately I did not get one of those. How do you save a dream?

I decided in my sleep I should just create a mental folder called Dreams, save it as a word processing file, label it The Outline, and drag it into my Dreams folder so it would be waiting for me whenever I wanted to look it up. I looked it up the next morning, but for the life of me I do not know where in my head I placed that folder. I do not remember a single point, but trust me, it was an outstanding outline. Maybe I will find it during another dream and devise a more realistic way to save it.

A better way to save your dreams may be to turn them into goals. This is a good time of year to write down five or six goals for the next few months. Make them tangible like: go fishing four times this summer; save $300 by October; or read a novel by July 1. Before long you will be ready to start another, even loftier list. You will be amazed at how satisfied you will feel as more of your dreams/goals are fulfilled.

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Live out your dreams. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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