The topic I want to address with you is "How to Make Your Dreams Come True." And I will draw from the life of one ‘dreamer' in the Bible by the name of Joseph. We read about him in Genesis 37:19-20 when his brothers see him coming and say, " ‘Here comes that dreamer! . . . Come now, let's . . . throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams." Obviously, dreamers aren't always popular with their families or their friends because of jealousy.
In light of this phenomenon, dreamers find it easy to identify with Joseph. He was misunderstood. He was mistreated. He faced unfortunate circumstances. He prayed prayers that seemed to go unanswered. He did right only to suffer wrong.
Now at this stage of your lives, all of you have dreams, don't you? I hope so. And I'm happy to tell you that based on the life of Joseph your dreams can come true. But dreams only come true by our taking advantage of the following means.
You see, DREAMS TAKE TIME TO COME TRUE. For example, Joseph waited thirteen years to become the Prime Minister of Egypt. He was only a "young man of seventeen," when he was sold into slavery (37:2). And he "was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt" (41:46).
David waited fifteen years to become the king of Judah. Most of this time was spent hiding from King Saul who wanted him dead because he was a rival to his throne.
In modern times, Martin Luther King, Jr. waited ten years to see his dream begin to come true with the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Those years were filled with threats from without and hardships within the civil rights movement.
George Sanchez, a typical grandfather, tells of a time when his daughter and grandson had found a robin's egg in the backyard. They made a nest out of cotton and placed the egg under a lamp in the house. Then they were going to wait until the egg hatched.
George's daughter put a sign in front of the nest that read, "Shh, I'm happening!"
George thought, "How good it would be to wear a big sign around me that said, ‘I'm happening.' Every time you looked at me you would say, ‘George is still happening — he's not there yet, . . . ' And if you had your sign on, I would say the same about you." Thus, waiting patiently is one very important way to make your dreams come true.
Not only do dreams take time to come true, but also DREAMS TAKE TESTS TO COME TRUE. Tests can come in various forms and fashions. Like what you might ask? Well unfortunately, a person may face cruelty. None other than his own brothers sold Joseph into slavery. The Bible says, "His brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt" (37:28).