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I love springtime! Living in New Hampshire, we have only recently begun to see the lush green landscape return and flowers begin to rise from the dormant soil. Taking evening walks and journeying through the woods in our backyard are just a few of the simple pleasures that I have once again started to take in.

Another reason I enjoy this season is the welcomed return of one of my favorite pastimes: baseball. I may not play well, but there is little I enjoy more than to flip on the television and tune into a good game. I guess that one reason I enjoy the sport so much is the many childhood memories I have of watching the game with my dad, as well as the occasional game around the antique floor television over at my grandparents’ house.  But another reason is because of the many life lessons that can be gleaned from the sport.

I want to take some time to share with you some valuable insights that I have observed from watching and learning about the players of this favorite American pastime. These insights are not distinct to baseball players, but to all athletes who are successful at the sports they participate in. And not only them, but in fact anyone who has proven to be successful at anything in this game we call ‘life’.

If we are going to be prosperous, achieving the sense of fulfillment that comes from living our destiny, there are certain criteria that we must consider to make those aspirations a reality. These must come from within our being and, when tapped into, will be lived out through our actions, allowing us to win the prize which we have set out to possess. These 5 components to achieving one’s purpose are what I call the 5 D’s in Destiny. We will examine these throughout these next 5 blogs. The 5 D’s are:

1.       Dream.

2.       Desire.

3.       Determination.

4.       Devotion.

5.       Drive.

Dream. In order for us to achieve fulfillment in this life, we must have a dream. In order to HAVE a dream, we must first allow ourselves the privilege TO dream. Have you ever noticed that when you ask a child what they would like to be when they grow up, most have no hesitation coming up with something pretty quickly. In fact, given time, they will most likely identify a number of things they would like to be, do, and achieve. They don’t take time to critique if they can get there or how they are going to arrive at their destination. They just know within themselves what would bring them pleasure and a sense of fulfillment.  Somehow, as adults, we begin to lose the capacity to dream. Perhaps it is because people have told us our dreams are silly. Maybe it is due to past failures. For others, it is the fear of disappointment that steals the dream.  Regardless of the reason, we must dare to dream again.

Dreams are more than ideas. Dreams are the nourishment to the soil of our lives that allow a destiny to begin to break through the ground, bringing life to a dormant existence. Every ball player that has made it to the Major Leagues, every person that has achieved any tangible level of greatness and achievement, all have one thing in common – they started with a dream and saw themselves fulfilling that dream. Those dreams, in turn, bring aim, focus and clarity to one’s life.

How does one begin to dream again? One can start by answering this question: “If money were no object, if I had all the skills and resources I needed, and if I was guaranteed I would not fail, what would I want to be remembered for when I come to the end of my days?

How would you answer that question? We would love to know your dreams and aspirations. Share them with us and let us dream with you!

About Tim

Timothy Golden is a husband and father of 3, pastor, teacher, coach and speaker. His passion is helping people grow deeper in their relationship with God and to overcome obstacles that keep them from pursuing their God-given dreams.