Brave Enough to Dream

Today’s post is from Stephen Brewster. ‘Brewster’ works for Cross Point Church as the Creative Arts Pastor and he is a hustlin’ creative and one of the best encouragers I know. If I ever need a pep talk, I call {or more accurately, text} Stephen and he helps bring things into focus…who I am, what I am capable of, and oftentimes a good sense of how delusional I am. Everyone needs someone like Stephen Brewster in their corner. And I am so thankful he {and his incredibly beautiful, talented, and no-nonsense wife Jackie} are in mine. 

Read Stephen’s blog here.

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Everyone has the ability to be creative. Creativity is a muscle and while everyone can be creative, not everyone will be an artist. Creativity is about seeing a problem, devising a solution, and then making it happen. Often this is where our dreams start to form. Yes, dreaming takes creativity, but please don’t get hung up on the word “creativity” or discredit yourself and your dream.

I love this quote from James Huneker: “All men of action are dreamers.”

Dreamers are often misunderstood. There’s a belief that if you’re a dreamer then you’re not a “doer.” That is both unfair and inaccurate.

People who dream are full of passion; passion to change their world and maybe your world. Dreamers understand the responsibility of executing their dreams – and these aren’t daydreams or sweet dreams…these are dreams that haunt us.

They keep us awake at night; wondering, planning, pondering and praying. They require our free time and weekends. They scream silently when we’re in meetings asking us why we’re keeping them caged and not giving them freedom to run and be accomplished.

See, dreamers understand there’s a stewardship issue that comes with believing ones dreams…but there’s also a cost.

So that dream you had – the one everyone thought was crazy – is begging for you to pay it a little attention.

There’s a really good chance that that dream, once you start to interact with it, will require everything that the awake you has ever learned. As you step into this dream, all the experiences of your past will start to click and make sense…they will all come back to you as tools to accomplish this dream.

Then, just as the dream starts to look complete, you will start to dream again.

So, be audacious, embrace your fears, and start to engage your dreams. They may be the one thing that lets you live wide awake and may even awake a dream in someone else.

Are you brave enough to dream? 

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • I’ve been acting on a couple of dreams the last two years and I’ve been amazed at the difference in my self-perception and happiness, as well as how it’s inspired others to pursue their own dreams. I never could have predicted that when I took the first leap of faith!

    • lindseynobles

      It’s funny how we can inspire others by forcing ourselves to take the leap. Who would have thunk it? 🙂

    • You can count me as one of those people you didn’t mean to inspire. 🙂

      •  Oh my word! Are you serious? Your next drink is on me, friend!

  • tam

    i love brewster.

    as for the answer to the brave enough to dream question… i thought i was. i think i am. i would like to be. i am trying real hard.

    how’s that?

    • lindseynobles

      that. is. good.

    • Aren’t all those feelings a part of the real thing? I sure hope so. Because this girl + her dreams = giant rollercoaster. 

  • I love this:
    “They keep us awake at night; wondering, planning, pondering and praying. They require our free time and weekends. They scream silently when we’re in meetings asking us why we’re keeping them caged and not giving them freedom to run and be accomplished.”Yes x1000.