A thought by John C. Maxwell (2015-10-06) from his book, Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters (p. 178). Center Street. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
He says, “I thought, if you believe it, you can achieve it. But that’s not always true. A dream requires a partner: commitment.”
But I thought that if I had a dream, an exciting dream then it would pull me a long then I would fulfill it. That is the power of a dream, isn’t that true?
John goes on to say, “Dreams are free.” Ok, I got that. “However, the journey to fulfill them isn’t. You have to work for your dream. Your dream doesn’t work for you. You have to work with the dream and for the dream. The dream is a promise of what you can be, but commitment is the reality of what you will become. What starts as a promise ends as a commitment.”
It’s like a wedding ceremony. All of those love songs make you feel so warm but then comes those vows. We have the dream to love and be loved but we also need to see that love is more than a dream, it is a commitment. For better or for worse, in sickness or in health, in poverty or in wealth I make this commitment to you.
John ends this section with a question, “Have you committed to a path with great promise for you and others?”