What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
My eight year old daughter is a big dreamer. She dreams of being an author of numerous books that inspire children to read. She dreams of being a great teacher. She dreams of her
wedding and has decided on the number of kids she will have. So vivid are her
dreams that on a daily basis she commits time and effort to creating lesson
plans and actually teaches a room full of imaginary students. She calls each
student by name, painstakingly records their academic progress and even holds
conferences with the parents of her imaginary students to update them on their
child’s progress. She has written five stories and is in the process of illustrating them to be published in time for the holidays.
Like her, many of us had living dreams. We dreamed of being doctors and lawyers, police officers and soldiers, moms and dads, coaches and pastors, politicians and business
owners, college graduates and homeowners. Some dream of breaking records, others dream of creating records. Some dream of great fame and fortune, while others dream of great acts of service. But, where are those dreams now? What do you dream? Do you still dream? Are you actively pursuing your dreams, or have you grandly displayed them on a shelf as proof of how great your mind once was? Are your dreams alive and well, awakening you in the small hours of the night and compelling you to a brighter future? Have they withered under the relentless intensity of your reality and now await patiently to be buried with you?
Langston Hughes wrote a poem titled, What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
I believe that deferred dreams cause in us a slow, but certain death. It’s the Walking Dead Syndrome. We breathe and tediously carry out the necessary mundane tasks to maintain
life, but not much more. We are resigned to a life of regrets and could have’s.
The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when
the desire is fulfilled it is a tree of life.” When our dreams are abandoned or
put on indefinite hold, it produces sickness in us; the most common of which is
depression. In time, we become embittered and set ourselves up as the biggest
stumbling blocks to other would-be dreamers.
It’s time to shake of the chains of deferred dreams and strive to fulfill the dreams in our hearts, no matter what. Joseph held on to his dream, and 17 years later, it came to pass.
Abraham dreamed of being a Father of Many Nations, and for over 25 years he held onto that dream against all hope. You can too. Rise up and fulfill your destiny, it will bring
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