February 7

The Death of a Dream

Failure, Perseverance, Purpose


Have you ever experienced the death of a dream?


I think we all have. In fact, dead dreams are the cause of much of our pain and shame. We took a risk and started a company. Then something happened and it died. We took a risk and loved someone. Then something happened and we signed divorce papers and that dream died. You dreamed of being a Mom and just found out you are medically unable to do so. As we sit in sorrow, looking at the lifeless remains of a dream once pursued, we often find ourselves asking, “what’s left to live? I was my dream. My dream was my identity and now it is dead!”


I have been in that exact place more than once in my life. It is THE WORST feeling in the world. In those moments you feel so much sorrow, anger and shame. So, what do you do now?

The DAY YOUR DREAM DIED, you had a choice to make. You still have the same choice today and every day you’re still alive.


When dreams die we have a CHOICE TO MAKE!


Die with my dream OR become dependent on God and LIVE. Within God’s invitation to live resides the dreams of our future, HIS dreams for our lives. It is in that moment, that the truth of Matt 5 becomes pure gold.


Matt 5:“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.


Those statements sound like upside down logic! But they are right-side up truth. Let me paraphrase and summarize this thought.


“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule…then you can be embraced by the One most dear to you…and find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”


God has the power to not just heal you of the pain of the death of a dream, but also the power to resurrect a new dream. It may not happen in the time, place and with the people you once thought it would, but God can resurrect dreams.


Here are 5 steps I’ve found helpful in recovering from the death of a dream.


  1. Morn the death of your dream.
  2. Have a funeral for your dream.
  3. Let your dream die.
  4. Choose God’s companionship, promises and dreams.
  5. Be alert for the resurrection of a new dream.


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About the author 


I am a speaker, radio host, and entrepreneur. I start new things and speak about helping people find peace, purpose and passion in this life and the next. I’m also known as “The Pub Pastor” and the leader and founder of Pub Theology.

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