Saturday, March 3, 2007

Tear Down a Stronghold--And Dare to Believe

From birth we are conditioned by this world that "seeing is believing." Pointing out colors, lights, animals, and people is how we learned about our environment. Then we began to use our imaginations to fly, to make imaginary pies and cakes, to be singers and actors, drive cars, planes, and trains. Our imagination was our world and there were no limits. What happened? Most of you are probably thinking, "I grew up."

Did you? Or were you "conditioned" to stop believing? When did daydreaming become a taboo? Was it in class when you were supposed to be concentrating on an arithmatic problem? Or was it at home when you were caught daydreaming and not doing your chores or homework? Or was it hearing phrases like "daydreamers only dream, they aren't achievers." Okay, maybe it was a combination of all three.

As a child how many times did you ask an adult a question and were told, "because it doesn't work like that" or "that's just the way life is?" As an adult how many times have you given a similar answer to a child? We are conditioning them to accept reality for what it is as we know it. We don't necessarily know the answers, but we don't want them to dwell on the impossible and watch their hopes die with disappointment. Instead, we should say, "even though it didn't happen the way we wanted this time, that doesn't mean it won't happen the way we want it to next time." This doesn't allow disappointment to steal our faith. It gives us continued hope.

Too many disappointments will "condition" us to be cynical. We begin to need to see in order to believe. This is why we look for miracles, words of confirmation, and signs upon signs that we are making the right decisions, believing the right things, and saying the right words.

When we must see to believe, we stop dreaming and instead, concentrate on what we think are realistic goals or achievable goals. While goals are good, we must remember that so are dreams. I believe that dreams build goals, and working at goals build achievement. The difference is this, a dream with goals will build a story that is so good that a reader can't put it down and can't stop thinking about it. Goals without dreams, build formula stories that fall flat into a category with all the rest. As writers, we need to dream, and dream BIG!

I leave you with these Scriptures to contemplate:

"Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3 NKJV(believe like a child)

"For we walk by faith, not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

"Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29 NKJV

Have a blessed day!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor


  1. I agree. Dreams are so important and I hope I encourage my children to reach for theirs.

    Thanks for a wonderful message, Jennifer. :)

  2. For me, there are times when I am living by faith and the enemy tells me it's a cop-out, that I'm just choosing to ignore reality. Well, let's face it, reality sucks. Living by faith isn't always easy, but it's always better.

    Obviously, I honed in on that istead of the dreaming part. Where would we be without dreams? I think it would an even sadder world. I'm with you, Jenn, let's dare to dream.

  3. This gave me a lot to think about. I have some dreams that are also goals. Sometimes I wonder if they'll ever come true, and I try to stay faithful. It is hard when those goals and dreams seems so unattainable. Trudge forward and trust in His will.

  4. I'm a huge dreamer. I love George Bernard Shaw's quote that says, "You see things and ask why? I dream things that never were and ask, why not?" (or something like that:-) )

    I think it is a great paraphrase of the scriptures, we walk by faith and not by sight, whether he intended it to be or not. In fact, it's kind of funny to me how often great and famous quotes can be found directly linked to something in the Bible.

    But one other comment...after my mom died, my daughter asked why the world wouldn't stop for a minute so we could catch up. My response was simply, "That's the way of it. She died and we live on."

    I honestly did not have a better answer. That's just the way of it. I'm hoping I didn't create a cynic, but sometimes there just isn't a better answer than the truth. sigh.