I was recently asked, “What’s your dream house look like?”
I quickly responded with, “I don’t dream about houses.”
I wasn’t trying to be rude or a poor conversationalist but it’s true — I don’t think about dream holidays or houses. Having said that, I recently heard a story that touched my heart . . . and it’s about someone’s dream.
Four years ago, I was at a crossroad in my life — whether to quit teaching and pursue writing full time. As I struggled with this decision, I read many books about passion, vision and risk:
Holy Discontent – Fueling the Fire that Ignites Personal Vision, by Bill Hybels
Take the Risk – Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk, by Ben Carson
Embracing Your Second Calling – Find Passion and Purpose For the Rest of Your Life, by Dale Hanson Bourke
Chasing Daylight – Seize the Power of Every Moment, by Erwin McManus
Soul Cravings, by Erwin McManus
. . . to name a few.
A friend suggested that I also read The Dream Giver – Following your God-Given Destiny, by Bruce Wilkinson. This modern-day parable tells the story of Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream.
I wasn’t too keen on reading this book because I hadn’t thought of God as a dream giver but the book was short and my friend wanted to discuss the author’s ideas with me — so I read it . . .and liked it.
One night, as my husband and I were getting ready for bed, I summarized the contents of the book and shared all my lofty dreams about becoming an author. Then I turned to him and asked, “What’s your dream, Chris?
I was overwhelmed by his heart-felt response and I journaled about it, long after Chris had fallen asleep.
June 25. 2010 journal entry.
Chris’ dream was to be a role model for our grandson, Phoenie. He wanted to “be with Phoenie and teach him things.”
Fast forward to April, 2014.
Our daughter texted Chris a few days ago and this is what she wrote.
“Phoenie just told me that you’re his role model because you’re a great man.“
Makes me tear up every time I think about it.
A simple but profound dream fulfilled.