[Column] Communicate Your Dreams with Others

Communicate Your Dreams with Others

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

It is desirable to share your dreams with others. This, however, is not easy. You need three rules to share your dreams. The first rule is the rule of confidence. You need to have confidence that you can achieve your dream. If you are skeptical about the dream you have and think to your self, “Can I do this? I’m not sure,” you cannot realize your dream let alone share it with others. What would people think of a leader if he insists, “My dreams may or may not be realized”? They would most likely think, “His dream is not likely to come true.”  People listen attentively when you declare your message with confidence. The second rule is the rule of self-benefit. Those who hear our dreams ponder upon their relevance and value in their lives. When passing on your dreams to others, it is important to inform them of their benefit. The third rule is the rule of influence. People pay closer attention to the words of those whom they respect. The fourth rule is the rule of possession. This demonstrates that our dreams should not be self-serving but communal.

The following principles of communication are essential in the sharing and realization of dreams. First, dreams must be metricized and visualized. Metricization means making something in to a visible, measurable amount. If you want to be fluent I English, you must devise specific plans such as memorizing 10 words a day.  If you metricize your dreams into memorizing 5 or 10 words a day, the realization of dreams is made easier. Also it is important to visualize your dreams. Jacob made spotted and streaked branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees to produce spotted and streaked sheep. This was done so that as the sheep sees these branches, they may see these branches and conceive spotted and streaked off springs. Metricized and visualizes dreams stimulate the brain. When the brain is stimulated, we can think about and focus on dreams.

Second, We need to record dreams. One day, great physicist Einstein was asked by a group of reporters to show his laboratory. “Dr. Einstein. Please show us your lab. We’d very muck like to see,” they pleaded with Einstein. He said, “There’s nothing much to see.” But to no avail, they kept insisting. Finally, they entered the lab with Einstein. What the reporters saw was contrary to what they had expected. In the absence of state of the art equipment, the lab had nothing but a fountain pen, paper, and a trash can. “Dr. Why is it that there is no scientific equipment?” they asked in astonishment. “Are you talking about state of the art equipment? That’s the trash can over there,” he replied. Einstein continued on, “ If I just sit and imagine, I get no spark of inspiration. I record my imaginations and if I don’t like them I discard the paper on which I record them. I continue to think, organize and refine thinking.” Einstein realized his dreams by systematically recording and organizing his thoughts. In this regard, recording your dreams is pivotal in realizing your dreams.

Third, you have to be confident and shout out your dreams loud. When you declare your metricized and visualized dreams with your mouth, they take clearer shapes. While going to Yoido Full Gospel Church, I as well as other church members used to sing a song based on 3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” As this verse was sung, its message became internalized with many church members.

Martin Luther King once delivered a speech in which he said:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”

I was deeply moved by this speech. In the speech are the God-given dreams expressed in sentence after sentence. Martin Luther King dreamed of protection of the human rights of Blacks and Whites when discrimination, oppression, and the violation of civil liberties were rampant. He preached and declared it to people. It is not an exaggeration to say the transformation of American society was made possible by Dr King’s dreams and his declaration. Through the process of sharing dreams with other, we take one step closer to the realization of dreams.

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