Turning a dream into reality takes hard work. Work without a plan is just staying busy. Therefore, in order to make your dream become a certainty, you must develop a process to turn that dream into reality.
The process is where the rubber meets the road. It’s the separation of winners and quitters. Joseph, in the Old Testament, had a dream. As a matter of fact, his nickname from his brothers was, The Dreamer.
His dream is recorded in Genesis 37:5-8, from the New Living Translation:
“One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.”
Joseph’s dream was that one day, though he was the youngest, and least likely, he would rule over his brothers. He’s seventeen years old and making a very bold declaration. His dream wasn’t met with excitement by his brothers. Instead it was met with resistance.
You must know that in the process and pursuit of your dream, you will be met with great resistance. As it was with Joseph, it will be with you too! Even those closest to you will resist your dream, especially if it means that your life will be perceived to be better than theirs.
Resistance will turn into a lack of respect. People will disrespect you, they will make fun of your dream, and you, for believing in it. Resistance will come in many forms. Joseph faced resistance in so many ways. Yet, all in all, the resistance was part of the process in realizing the dream. Although, resistance isn’t revealed as part of the process until we have realized the dream in its totality.
Joseph, while being thrown in the pit, or being tested in the palace, or being forgotten in the prison, couldn’t have imagined that it was all part of God positioning him to realize the dream. Nor could he have known that the pit, palace, and the prison were preparing him to remain humble when he had power.
The resistance is what prepares you to fulfill your purpose. It’s the process that makes us appreciate what we have. If you didn’t go through the process and face the situations that you have faced, then the character flaws, blind spots, and pride that we possess would derail us in the middle of our destiny.
When we realize the dream, when it has come to its fullness in our lives, we have to be able to handle or steward it. So the process gives us the keys to handling success.
Don’t be discouraged during the process. Don’t allow the process to derail you from pursuing your dream. Instead, let it strengthen you and teach you the necessary lessons to steward what you have pursued.