Chasing the Dream

Chances are if you are a living breathing soul, then you have a dream that is much bigger than yourself. Most likely during the opening sentence you flashed back to your childhood when you thought you would be a firefighter, policeman, top executive, singer, dancer or even a superhero.

Some people are able to achieve their dream, while others hide these dreams down deep. If you are one of those that achieved your dream job, then I wish you the best and say terrific job! But if you are like most of us, you have yet to achieve this goal.

Mid-life crises are born out of thinking back to failed dreams and ambitions. You can be happy as can be, but then all the sudden it hits you like a ton of bricks. I will be the first to tell you I did not dream of being a pastor, but I was called into this type of leadership. I love it and am fulfilled in it and cannot see my life as being meaningful without it.

There is not one week I do not love what I am doing completely, but in the back of my mind everyday I know I still must work toward my dream to share my music with the world. Some may think this is futile, while others have said its a childhood dream that I should give up. I have never bought into this and have pressed on.

We can have new dreams. Being a pastor is the best dream I have ever had. I always say this, “I cannot give up preaching and I cannot give up music. No matter what, I know I am supposed to do both.” Even though, like me, you may have found a new dream, I am here to encourage you to chase after your childhood dream and make progress toward seeing it a reality. You do not have to sacrifice your dreams.

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Dr. Justin Hardcastle

Dr. Justin Hardcastle (1982) was born in Sacramento, California, grew up in multiple cities and states, and returned to The Greater Sacramento Area in 1996. For 20 years, he established influence as a leader and continues to build influence today. He teaches as a professor, special education teacher, and continues to provide leadership in multiple realms. He has won several awards. Justin is an American author, recording artist, and founder of The Leadership Bulletin, Hardcastle Solutions, and Northview Church, Inc. His life-long mission is to empower, encourage, and equip others to reach their fullest potential.

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