|Those were the days -I am a dreamer|
|Monday, January 28, 2013 10:54 AM|
The year was 1967 and I was engaged to be married. My dad probably meant well when he told my bride to be, “I’m warning you, Danny is a dreamer.” Perhaps my dad forgot that he was a dreamer too. He quit school after the 8th grade to work on the family farm, but he had a dream of one day becoming a preacher. As a young man, he did become a minister who dreamed of becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. He also accomplished that dream.
Yes, my dad was right; I am a dreamer and I’m glad of it. I believe dreams are an important part of life. Discovering the purpose for which you were born and receiving a God-given dream brings fulfillment and destiny.
Let me share four things that discovering God’s DREAM for your life will do for you: 1. A dream will give you direction. In Genesis 37 we find that Joseph was given a dream by God and the dream set the course for the rest of his life. His dream allowed him to overcome family problems, set backs, temptations, false accusations, prison and to rise up to a place of influence and impact for the glory of God. A dream born of God will take you places. If you don’t know where you want to go, it’s unlikely you will get anywhere. Do you remember the story – Alice in Wonderland? Well there is a great conversation of unbelievable wisdom which takes place in that story between Alice and the Cheshire cat. One day while Alice was walking, she came to a fork in the road and when she did, she noticed the Cheshire cat sitting up in a tree. So she asked him, “Which road do I take?”
And to this, the Cheshire cat responded, “Where to you want to go?” Alice thought for a moment and replied, “I don’t know.” The Cheshire cat made a monumental statement of truth…He said, “Then it doesn’t matter.” Folks, that is what life without a Dream is like. And can I tell you, if you have not fully embraced Jesus Christ – then you have never fully embraced the DREAM for your life. Your relationship with Christ will determine your identity – which will determine your dream – which will determine the way in which you should go!
2. A dream will unlock your potential. Without a dream, we are locked into our present circumstances - merely responding to each thing that comes our way. When you do not have a purpose or a dream to live out, you begin to be reactive rather than proactive. And reactive living is always a step behind. But when you possess God’s purpose for your life…when you understand and embrace His dream, you will begin to stretch – to attempt – to dare to accomplish more than you ever have before. That dream unlocks areas of your heart which you never knew existed. The Bible tells us that we were created with purpose. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD , plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
3. A dream will dictate your future. Without a dream, we are spectators - sitting back, hoping everything will work out. With a dream, we are taking an active part in shaping and molding the meaning of our lives. A dream is not a 100% guarantee, but it improves our chances of success immeasurably. And when we dare to dream and then work to accomplish that DREAM under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit…no matter what takes place, the promise always remains…God will never leave us nor forsake us. His abiding presence shall be in our lives. Discovering God’s dream for your life…and living with the expectancy that you will be able to fulfill that dream with Him will take you places you never thought possible.
4. A dream will draw you closer to God. To achieve a dream is to fulfill the purpose God created us for. A true dream will continue to cause us to believe in God and to believe in ourselves in new ways. It will cause us to be highly dependent on Him. It will in a very real sense continue to draw back to God – again and again and again! There are many things in this world which tend to disconnect us with God. Even the ministries and the programs and the schedules of our lives can do that. But not your DREAM. The DREAM God has designed for you will keep you coming back for more insight, direction and presence.
As we enter 2013, Janie and I continue to deeply appreciate the people of Delphos and the surrounding area. We feel privileged to live here. Delphos is our home.
We have a dream. Our dream allows us to…
— Give up any moment all that we are in order to receive all that we can become.
— Sense the invisible so that we can see the impossible.
— Trust God’s resources since the dream is bigger than all our abilities and acquaintances.
— Continue when discouraged, for where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.
— See ourselves, the people of Delphos First Assembly, the people of Delphos, and the people of the surrounding area in the future. Our dream is the promise of what we shall one day be.
Yes, we have a dream. It’s a God-given one. It is greater than any of our gifts. It is as large as the world, but all things are possible with God. We invite you to partner with God and with us as we chase our dreams and realize our God-given destinies!