I used to think imagination was a bad thing—that it was wrong to dream. That only “dreamers” dreamed. Dreamers were people who hoped for things that were on the edge of reality. Things that could never possibly come true. I’d heard one too many times as a small girl, “You have a great imagination!” It wasn’t a compliment. I began to discount my dreams. Push them aside. And gradually my hopes faded. I spent years living without vision. And without vision, the Bible says that people perish. It’s not an instant death. It’s a slow demise. I began to believe and feel like I was somehow different, inadequate, that other more significant people were worthy of dreams and hopes, but I was a commoner, one cast aside. Rejected. Inadequate. Unworthy. Have you ever felt that way? It took the truth of the Word to illuminate power back into my life. I’m so thankful for Bible studies and mentors who were able to help me understand the false beliefs I had embraced. That’s why it’s so important to surround ourselves with people who speak truth because we will only grow to the degree to which we’ve been taught. Through Bible studies I learned that I had taken a bite out of the apple Satan offered me and ended up swallowing some of his fatal lies. But God’s truth burst through the dark doors that once kept the light of His hope from coming through. I began to understand that God wants us to dream. He wants us to hope. He wants us to believe for better things. He will cause all things to work together for our good (Romans 8:28). He is doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19). I am adequate and well equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17). I am not rejected. I am not inadequate. I am not unworthy. And neither are you! He has a beautiful future in store for us! His promises are “yes” and “amen”! But in order to see those promises, we have to imagine them first. We will go in the direction of our focus. So focus on His truth. Ask Him for His vision to direct you. Vision is different than sight. It takes vision to imagine. It takes vision to believe that God’s promises are true because there is usually a time barrier between prayer and manifestation. It’s this lapse that causes many to doubt and give up. But don’t give away your hope. Believe you receive when you pray, not when you see it! When you pray, the answer is on its way. I have one final conclusion. I AM a Dreamer! What about you?