There’s no secret that I love to write. I have aspired to be a professional writer all of my life.
I oftentimes wonder if my writing skills are good enough. I have used countless grammar and writing apps. I constantly read articles from famous writings for their “5 tips to whatever” articles. I want to be good at it. I remember the first time I read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I immediately felt I could never write as excellently as she did.
The way she captured the native dialect of the main character’s town, the way she made characters come alive. The way she influenced my thinking as a preteen, to the point that to this day, I am still searching for my “Tea Cake”–the main character Janie’s incredibly imperfect, but incredibly loving husband. Her book told me that soul crushing love was possible, and I believed her. I’ve been looking for that all my life (don’t worry, I haven’t given up!).
Everyday we see the results of people following their dreams. Even this laptop I’m typing this blog post on is the result of the dreams of a middle class, adopted kid from California. (Weird fact, Steve Jobs died on my birthday in 2011).
Say this aloud: MY DREAMS WILL COME TRUE! Your dreams matter. You are headed somewhere. Even if you are off track right now, even if you got distracted for a year or a month or two. Don’t give up!
I need you to fulfill your dreams. Every person benefits from the dreams of others (unless they are crazy or sadistic dreams. I’m talking about the positive ones). Dreams create jobs, feed families, make life easier, heal sick people and etc.
Inventions are dreams, books are dreams, the list goes on and on.
I know most of you have heard or read the story of Joseph. To read Joseph’s story, start in chapter 37 of Genesis, or you can click here to read it.
5One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. 6“Listen to this dream,” he said. 7“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!”8His 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.9Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”10This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.
Genesis 41: 39-44Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. 40You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”41Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. 43Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt. 44And Pharaoh said to him, “I am Pharaoh, but no one will lift a hand or foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.”