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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Sending Out an S.O.S. #3 (Diet for Dreamers)

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Are your aspirations drowning in a sea of too many activities, interests and responsibilities? If your unfulfilled goals and neglected dreams could talk, would they be sending out an S.O.S.? Last week we discussed the steps necessary to rescue your shipwrecked dreams. The initial step (the first letter in S.O.S.) is to simplify the key areas of your life: your schedule, finances, hobbies and interests, as well as your relationships and your focus. Too much “stuff,” too many “friends,” too many interests, too many directions — can leave you confused and dazed, with no time or energy for your goals.

Step 2: “O” is for Organize! Everything. Your home, kitchen, office, desk, or creative space. Clutter impedes creativity and the ability to think clearly. Organize your finances, your schedule, and your free time. Know what needs to be done — and when — and prioritize your responsibilities.

The last “S” in S.O.S. stands for Strategize! 

Face it, it’s not enough simply to set goals. Dreams usually don’t come true all by their lonesome. We have to constantly pursue them or they tend to get away. We have to map out what we want to accomplish in life, and then strategize how we’ll go about doing it. We need a plan of attack — a battle plan, so to speak! Being victorious in life is like being victorious in a war. Great wars are won with smaller victories won in battles. Your goals will be achieved in much the same way, through the small victories and accomplishments that move you closer to winning your bigger dreams.

Achieving any truly great dream is much like waging a war: to overcome the obstacles imposed by time, resources, circumstances, and even people who don’t want to see you succeed (for various reasons). Are you strategizing to win the small battles you encounter each day? Every day you should map out what you need to accomplish and what it will take to do it. Create a schedule. Maintain a list of “Things to do.” Prioritize your list. Work to achieve something worthwhile every day. Even little steps, when carefully planned each day, can take you far along the path to success.

Do you need special training to accomplish your goals? Do you need capital? Do you need a staff? Figure out what your requirements are and how you’ll go about meeting them. Strategize your short term goals, and decide how each piece fits into the bigger picture. Stay focused and use your time wisely. Stay on the right track and keep moving forward.

In other words, stop flying by the seat of your pants; you gotta have a plan! Even God had a plan — a loooong-term plan, with many intricate and interlocking elements and events:

“…God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1: 9 NLT)

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