Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) in the 2016 animation musical film, Sing, had one dream: he loved his theatre more than anything in the world, but he was struggling and desperately needed help to bring his dying theatre to its former days of glory. He had real gumption, believing that he would go down in history as the greatest showman. He held a singing competition and the five that made it to the final selection were big dreamers like him.
Rosita, the pig, was a middle-aged, homemaker mom of 25 piglets and a wife to ever-forgetful Norman. She was a singer hidden under house chores. Johnny, the gorilla, was a dude in a leather jacket whose dream was to sing, but his overbearing dad had a dream for him too: to be in his dad’s gang of thieves. Mike was an arrogant mouse who played the saxophone in the streets to make some money. Ash was a rock teenage girl who played guitar and sang with her boyfriend who was telling her that only he was a lead singer and eventually cheated on her and broke her heart. Meena was a very shy elephant with an angelic voice. When she sang, Mumble would say in the Happy Feet movie "it darn near breaks your heart".
Have you thought of a great idea? Believed you could do something, own a business, invent something, build something but then something happened that drastically changed everything and you thought the dream has died? Things happen in life sometimes that alter and affect the way we think about ourselves Unemployment, retrenchment, loss of a loved one, divorce, break-up, a friend relocates, kids move out of the house, and lots more.
Sometimes this is our fault, but most times these circumstances are beyond our control, it could even be something as simple as hoping someone would believe in you and encourage you to take that step; to tell you that you are capable of doing the thing you dream of doing, instead all you get is negativity all around, or they just don’t see your dream like you do. Some people may even believe they mean well by advising you against it; showing you and reminding you how others failed doing the same thing you want to do. Or are you sabotaging yourself by looking at those who look like they have succeeded and seem to be more experienced in this area, and then you get discouraged and halted (my hand is raised!!). Sometimes it is your environment, your family, friends, community, neighbourhood that can make it hard to believe that you can do certain things because everyone around you believes you are too old, too young, too short, uneducated, too broke, that you are not capable of doing what you want to do, the thing that you are actually called to do, because to them success is owning a car, a house, having children, having a job, having money, and so on.
It is time to rise above these limitations, you have so much potential to do whatever you like, and become whatever you like. If you can cook and someone had enjoyed your meal, you can start a catering business or open a restaurant; if you have a nice car you can start a transport service, and people can pay to be driven in your car instead of getting a free lift.
Back to the movie, Moon finally made it. He finally saved his crumbling theatre, through a lot of trial and error - most of them not his. I will not discuss some of them because if Ms Crawley the lizard was your Personal Assistant and made that many costly errors you would have fired her. He brought his theatre back with song and dance – he found his niche, Ms Nana who had rejected him before, financed his dream and he was able to settle the bank and the rest is history, as smart people say. You can be somebody, Moon had a mountain of debts and a crumbling dream, Rosita was old and very busy, Johnny’s environment didn’t allow for his dream to be realized, Ash was broken hearted and Meena had a very low self-esteem. You don’t have to wait to be okay before you can start to work on your dream. Do it afraid, do it with a mountain of debt hanging over your head, do it even if your family has other dreams for you, do it brokenhearted and with a very low self-esteem. Just do it!
I believe God gives us these desires to do things, it is not just a thought or a great idea that came in your head, it was planted by God. Philippians 2:13 says "For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." To will is to desire, so this means God finds pleasure in giving us ideas and seeing us do them – nothing is stopping you, dream on, desire more and do more.
Keep dreaming even if people around you do not see your dream like you do, and don’t expect them to understand it, it is your dream after all, you might want to keep silent about it a little bit while you trust God for the direction of how, when and what, lest you reveal the dream too quickly like Joseph and then you get thrown in the pit - pits of discouragements, hindrances, opposition, and so on. Joseph kept dreaming, and continued interpreting dreams, even in jail he continued doing this, until one day when he had his big moment, when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and became a governor – his big moment finally came - yours will come too. Guard your dream, nurture it, water it and watch it grow.
THOUGHT: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13