This Has Been a Drill! (Diet for Dreamers)

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There’s an old science fiction movie starring George Reeves, titled Superman and the Mole-Men, made in 1951. (Yes, we know! For many of our younger readers, such a distant time constitutes the Dark Ages!) The movie was later edited to create a two-part episode of the first “watercolor show,” The Adventures of Superman — a series which actually prompted hundreds of households to finally buy one of those newfangled boxes that piped “live” entertainment into American living rooms during the Golden Age of Television

In the movie (and/or two-part episode), newspaper reporters Clark Kent and Lois Lane cover the story of the world’s deepest oil well, a venture that required months of drilling and patience, not to mention several damaged and discarded drill bits. Finally, at a depth of nearly six miles, the oil company broke through the last barrier of rock, only to discover the earth is hollow and its interior inhabited by … well, you can imagine.

Life is not like a Superman adventure. But pursuing a dream is a lot like drilling for oil! Companies hoping to “strike it rich” must first find a location suitable for drilling; an area that shows potential. The same can be said of dreams. The first step to achieving a goal or realizing a dream, is discerning precisely what we’re “called” to do. It involves accessing our strengths and talents, evaluating opportunities, and finding the proper venue for our work — and even the right geographic location.

“Does your mother know you boys are out after dark?”

Oil companies rely on geological studies to determine where to drill. We can rely on the Word of God and the guidance of His Holy Spirit, “who leads [us] into all truth.” (John 14:17 NLT) And, just as an oil company may realize it needs to drill in another spot, dreamers sometimes need to relocate — and often reevaluate what they’re pursuing or how they’re pursuing it.

Usually, however, an oil drilling outfit knows it’s where it needs to be, but understands the process is long and involved. THEY KEEP DRILLING! And those who dream big must continue to pursue their goals. Drilling for “black gold” requires steady work and perseverance. So does pursuing a dream.

Supes makes sure the mole-men make it back safely to their home at the center of the earth, via the abandoned oil well.

An oil company continues to go deeper. We dreamers, knowing that success in any venture requires patience and fortitude, would do well to go deeper into our faith. Closer to God equates to more “strength for the journey” (the pursuit of the dream).

As an oil drill burrows ever deeper into the earth, it frequently meets with resistance. It will encounter layers of nearly impenetrable rock. But the drill continues to work — and advance. Its progress slows. Ultimately, though, it breaks through! Similarly, we all encounter resistance in life; regardless of the endeavor, we periodically “hit” a brick wall, a trial or an obstacle. We need to keep drilling! If we do, we’ll eventually receive our “break through”!

In Superman and the Mole Men, persistent drilling unearthed a civilization of hairy little creatures played by midgets in bad makeup — but at least they were peace-loving souls! That’s okay, because life is not a movie. Keep drilling at your goals, go deeper, and persistently pursue your dreams. Your perseverance — especially when guided by God — will eventually be rewarded! “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry….” (Matthew 24:13-14 MSG)

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The Pot or the Prize? (Diet for Dreamers)

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There’s an old adage: “A watched pot never boils.” That’s not true, of course. Apply sufficient heat and wait long enough, and a pot of soup will eventually start bubbling no matter who’s paying attention. But when we’re impatiently waiting for something — like a response to a letter, the answer to a prayer, even the fulfillment of a dream — it can feel like an eternity, leading us to believe, “It’s never going to happen!”

Sitting around waiting is not good for morale. Nor is it productive. That’s why actors quickly learn it doesn’t pay to sit by the phone. The call from an agent concerning a part in a new play or TV commercial will come sooner or later, and waiting by the phone does nothing to speed the process.

That’s why writers are told to submit their material and immediately start working on the next project. The longer a creative person waits for a yes or no, an acceptance or a rejection, the more frustrated he or she tends to get. And time spent simply waiting is time wasted. Waiting for something to happen — a prayer to be answered, a financial nest egg to hatch, a long-held dream to come true — to the exclusion of more productive activities, can drive you crazy. It’s similar to being on a trip with a carload of restless kids, with one of them asking every five minutes, “Are we there yet?”

Sigh!! No, replies the driver for the hundredth time, as he or she begins to wonder if they’ll ever reach their destination! The impatience of the passengers makes the trip feel longer and more tiresome. However, once the kids settle down with a toy or a comic book, and the driver switches on some music, the miles seem to go by more quickly. And before the kids know it, the driver is parking the car.

Getting back to the proverbial pot, we can run to the kitchen every 2 minutes to see if it’s boiling yet, or we can relax — knowing that we don’t need to micromanage it — while we accomplish something else. Similarly, when you’re expecting a new development in a business venture or creative project, or for God to move on your behalf, it pays to focus your mental and physical energies on something else. There are always better ways to spend your time than constantly checking your email or the stock reports! If you’ve done your part, leave the rest to God; things tend to progress and work out just fine … without us over-scrutinizing them.

Focus on the bigger picture, your long-term goals and dreams, instead of sweating over the results of every little step you take or decision you choose. Remember, Jesus asked, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (Matthew 6:27 KJV) “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.” (Matthew 6:34 NAS 1977)

So, continue to pursue your dreams, but don’t get sidetracked by a preoccupation with minor details, or how well each step is going (or not going). Focus instead on your destination. Keep your eyes on the prize — not on the pot! “…And having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13 KJV)

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