By: Idede Oseyande
Before we draw the curtain on this series, permit me to quickly share the difference between dreams and visions and then the connection.
Unlike visions that are a product of our imaginations, dreams are external motivations that play a role in helping us generate visions.
What then is a dream?
A dream is a desire or vision of an old man who has lost the capacity and capability to bring it to reality.
In another word, ‘it is an old man’s vision’.
Since he knows he cannot achieve it, he notes it down with the hope that the younger generation can create a vision out of it and run with it.
David was the one who conceived the idea of building a temple for the Lord his God. But when he was told he cannot accomplish it for some reason, he transferred the dream to Solomon his son, and it became a must-do for his son. It automatically became Solomon’s vision.
Hannah was the one who nursed the dream of having her son live his life as a priest before the Lord all the days of his life, but the dream was transferred to become Samuel’s vision. And Samuel brought the vision to reality.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was so intentional in the use of the words, and he further gave us a clear insight into why he used the word dream when he added in a later speech, ” I may not get there with you”
The message was clear, I might not have the opportunity to drive the dream, so stop waiting for me and move on with it without me.
With that dream, he inspired millions of Americans and non-Americans who made it their life vision to bring that dream to reality.
Just as we have children raised by poor parents whose vision in life is to get rich at all costs due to what they see their parents pass through, the same with those whose visions are borne from the circumstances of their birth, family, environment and nations.
So it is not out of place if what is driving you is a dream your parents or mentors shared with you.
Your visions are valid as long as it is not against the peaceful existence of others.