In the words of Winnie the Pooh, “Spelling is overrated.” I couldn’t agree more. However, I apologize for misspelling “compass” in my last posting. Even though I wrote the article at 1:00 in the morning, I should have waited and posted it later that day when I had time to re-read it with fresh eyes. But you are my eyes and I am grateful! Thanks for pointing out the correct way to spell “compass.” My English teacher always said she enjoyed reading my papers even though I couldn’t spell. The way I see it, what would editors do without people like me? Seriously, my heart is in the message. I hope the misspelling didn’t distract from the message too much.
Living The Dream!
What’s your dream? We all have them. Just take a stroll through the park on a crisp fall day and observed a team of eight-year-olds practicing football. They’re giving it everything they’ve got—heart, soul and sweat. Pro-football players have nothing on these pint-size guys. Not one boy on the field doubts his ability block, tackle, catch or run a touchdown. In their minds, they’re living the dream. Then, something tragic takes place. Somewhere along life’s journey, they forget to dream. They either push them aside or convince themselves that dreams are simply child’s play. At the same time, those unfulfilled dreams gnaw at their very core. That’s because we were meant for greater things. Yet so few adults really grasp the potential we have in Christ to do something grand.
Take Joseph for example. He was spoiled and coddled by his father, clothed in a coat of many colors, and dreamed of having authority in high places. Yet, before his dreams became a reality, he was sold as a slave by his brothers, falsely accused of a sexual assault, and thrown into jail. Nothing about his circumstances pointed toward the fulfilling of his dream. I’m sure Joseph’s troubles caused him to look upon his dreams as just that—nothing but a dream.
Perhaps like Joseph, the hardships of life have convinced us that dreams are only fantasies. True, some are. Others, however, are God-given dreams. Those kinds of dreams can be hard to understand. Nevertheless, if we take seriously Joseph’s dream for its implications on God-given dreams, we notice that God’s dreams seem too wonderful for our current situations. God’s dreams often leave us with knocking knees. We think, “Where in the world does this come from?” And, “How in the world could this be true?” But God’s dreams are not about where we are now. God’s dreams are about where God intends for us to go or what will happen despite of where we are. Joseph’s story teaches us that God does not just look at who we are but God looks at who we were born to become! Therefore, be encouraged. God who gives us our dreams is able to bring them to past in His time.
No matter how bleak our situation may be, we need to hold tight to our relationship with God. Sure, problems will come. Pain will come. Predicaments will come. But these things serve as only a process. As we obey God, He will eventually bring our dreams to reality.
What’s your dream? How is God preparing you for the fulfillment of that dream?