May 24, 2004

Dreams
"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it 
is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).

"Follow your dreams" is a very common theme. In movies 
and in literature we continually encounter characters 
who discover that there is more to life than the 
circumstances they find themselves in. Through a 
variety of means these people move beyond their dismal 
existences in search of their dreams.

I have just finished reading the book, "Dream Giver" 
by Bruce Wilkenson, the author of the best-seller, 
"Prayer of Jabez." Wilkensen believes that every human 
being has a dream something or some things that they 
were particularly made for. "Dream Giver" tells the 
story of Ordinary in the land of Familiar, who upon 
being visited by the Dream Giver, discovers a dream in 
his heart and sets out to be a Somebody. After much 
consideration, Ordinary leaves the comfort zone of 
Familiar in search of his dream.

Through parable and teaching, Wilkensen describes what 
he believes most people go through as they pursue 
their dreams. He gives helpful advice based on 
biblical passages, his own experience, and the 
experiences of others.

But does each and every person on earth actually have 
a dream given to them by God? Are not truly 
significant accomplishments reserved for the few 
special people in the world? Maybe Wilkenson's book is 
helpful only for those to whom it applies. Would it 
not be better if we could just learn to be content 
with our lives, instead of wishing and hoping for 
great things?

To answer this question, we need to start with 
understanding why we exist. I know that this is a big 
question, but it need not be complicated. If we accept 
a biblical view of life, we know that when God created 
people, he didn't just stick us on earth to exist. He 
commissioned us to care for his creation.

Throughout the Tenach (Old Testament), we read about 
how God called his people to live lives in contrast to 
the prevailing cultures of the day. Time and time 
again he would send prophets to confront the society 
in which they lived. God was seeking to build a people 
who would never accept that the way things were was 
the way they were supposed to be. They were to always 
live being mindful of God's perspective of the world, 
learning to become his representatives, who would 
bring his reality to wherever they lived.

When Yeshua the Messiah came, he taught his followers 
to dream as they were to pray for a world so different 
from what they knew.

"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth 
as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).

When Wilkensen writes of each person possessing a 
dream, he is actually referring to the prompting of 
God in our lives to participate in his desire to 
change the world. 

The dreams that God gives us may not be the kind of 
movies and books, though of course, they might be. 
Most of the time they will seem impossible to us and 
to those who know us. But because God is real, we need 
not be concerned about our limitations. What we need 
to do is clarify what God is saying to us. Accepting 
his call in our lives is the beginning of our 
realizing our dreams.