Visions are Greatness

January 18, 2012

Too often people settle for mediocrity.  Settle for the nice house, nice family, the nice life.  That’s fine.  But these same people are the ones who ridicule those who dream.  Those who dream “big,” “grand,” “extravagant” dreams.  Those with vision.

No one would ever believe that someone so ordinary as Sam Walton would be a self-made millionaire.  He was more than that.  Or even some ordinary man like Warren Buffet.

Maybe the American Dream is dead, or taking its last gasp, surrendering in the torturous fight.  Ordinary people believe greatness is reserved for people like Alexander the Great, or Winston Churchill, men born into privileged beginnings.  Forget Jesus.

Tell your son that when he goes to college he can study to become a financial analyst, a cog in the machine, and leave the world no better or worse because he lived.  Tell your daughter that she can be a teacher who only teaches what she has been told—she can be a medium of communication, hardly more valuable to society than a television.  Dream small.  Big dreams are for the naïve, the stupid, the children.

Depressing, isn’t it?  That’s where we are at: small dreamers.  Losing hope.  Fast.  Way too fast.

The greatest minds, the greatest men, had vision.  They believed with full sincerity that they were destined to change the world.  Or maybe they were appointed by the Almighty Himself to change the world.  They could look you in the eye and unblinkingly say, “I am changing the world.”  They had big dreams; they had vision.

Vision.  Alexander the Great envisioned a world controlled and influenced by the Greeks.  Jesus envisioned a world fundamentally changed by His teaching.  Churchill, even during his “wilderness years,” envisioned himself saving Britain—yes, even the world.

Don’t mock the dreamer.

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