A New Year of Dreaming
One of my favorite books from this past year was Andre Agassi’s auto-biography Open. The most surprising part of his story was that tennis was never his dream. It was his father’s. #1 in the world, over $31 million in career earnings and one of the best players of all time and yet, tennis wasn’t his dream.
As I read his story, I felt his pain, his frustration and his loss of identity as he pursued a dream. A dream that was never his own. And as much as he didn’t love the dream, he loved his father and he poured himself into it to make him happy. His father’s dream eventually became his dream.
If Andre’s father hadn’t had a dream and held his son to the pursuit of it, I wonder what Andre would have become? How good would he have been at tennis if he hadn’t spent hours on the court as a seven year old? How realistic would the #1 seed have been if he hadn’t moved thousands of miles away from home to go to tennis boarding school?
What he achieved would have not been possible without the sacrifices.
His story gets me thinking about my dreams. Are they big enough? As a seven year old kid, Andre’s dreams weren’t big enough. Only his dad had the experience and the foresight to know what could be.
What would happen if we traded our dreams for God’s dreams?
I’m pretty sure that I think too small. I know I don’t dream big enough to push through the discomfort and the sacrifice. What does it really look like for me to pursue God’s dreams? What kind of sacrifice will that mean? What kind of frustration will I need to face? How lonely will I feel?
I’m not suggesting that the Agassi story is the perfect model for following your dreams. It’s not. But I have to wonder what God could do through me if I gave even a fraction of the energy that Andre did to my Father’s dream for me? God’s dreams, God’s plans for me and for you are so much grander than what we can comprehend.
So with a new year ahead of us, I hope you’ll dream. I hope you’ll seek God for his dreams for you. Better yet, I hope you take the steps to see that dream become a reality.
I’m so excited that Cross Point is hosting Ben Arment‘s Dream Year weekend. If you are ready to pursue a dream, this would be a great place to start!
THE DREAM YEAR WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE – JANUARY 21-23
Dream Year is a process designed by STORY creator Ben Arment to help people bring a God-given dream to life in one year.
You’re invited to Nashville on January 21-23, for the first Dream Year retreat. In one, pivotal weekend, you’ll learn the principles behind Dream Year and create a personal plan to pursue your God-given dream. Here’s what you’ll experience:
– The Dream Year process from start to finish
(For an overview, visit DreamYear.net)
– Personal feedback on your dream
– Case studies of successful stories
– Milestones for achieving your dream in a year
– New friends to share the journey with you
– Tools for managing the progress of your dream
– Analysis of your dream’s history and viability
– Ways to overcome the challenges of your field
– Resources to help guide your journey
– Special guests throughout the weekend
– Meals listed on the event schedule
– Morning morning lessons for a year
– A much-needed getaway in an exciting city
If you register by this Friday, January 7, you can get $50 off with the discount code CROSSPOINT.
How can I pray for your dream?