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A Dream Factory from Hell: When Can Your Dreams Steal Your Joy?

There’s a lot of encouragement to dream big, but more important than the size of the dream is where it’s really coming from and why. Is your dream really God’s vision for your life? Not all dreams bring life. The wrong dream rising from the wrong place will suffocate joy rather than create it. For nine years my dream was to earn a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University, replace my mentor as the Chaplain at my alma mater, and teach in the Religion Department. Nothing could dissuade or sidetrack me. I spent a ridiculous amount of money, moved my family twice, and sacrificed almost everything for this dream. Eventually, the hard ...