Dreams Dashed/Renew Expectations
44“My dreams to be a professional cyclist are dead,” and a few weeks later…“Life is beautiful.” Saul Raisin, Former Pro Cyclist
Stories of overcoming odds to become a professional, setbacks then comebacks, and dashed dreams are common in cycling. What sets Saul Raisin apart is the extremity of his duress, the totality of his defeats, the reawakening of his dreams, and his incredible readjustment abilities on all sides of his situation. The same brass balls Saul used to climb Tour of Georgia’s formidable Brasstown Bald were employed to return to pro cycling after a near-death accident. These balls, rusty from the tears of a doctor-recommended dead-end regarding Saul’s safety in returning, were polished to gleam again toward new dreams and a foundation about brain injury. Appropriately called Raisin Hope, the foundation informs, supports, and links like-minded victims of head trauma. In this season of realization, uncertainty and waning energies, take a lesson from Saul Raisin regarding new expectations and hopes. Use your head to determine what happens on the other side of this season’s transitions.
Prayer for New Expectations
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 45I Timothy 6:17
We pray that today’s priority check yields fresh insights and that our dreams include the dreams and needs of others.
Ponder What is the focus of my hopes and dreams?
Who has benefited from this focus? Am I helping others realize their dreams with my dreams?
What dreams were realized this year?
What dreams need more time and pursuit and what’s your evidence the pursuit is worth it?
What new directions can a dream-in-the-works take?
The best management for disappointment is using its information to redirect your hope. What will be the cost of redirecting a realizable dream in time, resources, and energies prioritized toward it?
What dreams weren’t realized this year and may never be? What’s the evidence for this dead dream?
Despite a dead dream, what gives you hope for your future?
In this new vision for your future, are you trusting that God is a dream-giver?
Affirm I ask God for my dreams. Watch God-given dreams increase love for God, self and others.
45The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society