I don’t know about you, but I am a dreamer. I love to dream big. I am always thinking about the growth factor, whether in business, finances, personal home and family life, or spiritual areas of life. Years ago, my husband and I led a youth group that was full of dynamic young people. We would dream together of impacting the community with these 20 kids. The 20 kids became 70 kids and then our dream was to see hundreds of kids on fire for the Lord and impacting our community and our world. We didn’t see that dream fully happen, but we did see kids coming to Jesus and students meeting outside at the flagpole to pray for other students. We saw kids lit on fire for Jesus who are now adults and having children of their own going after their own dreams of impacting the world. In many ways, those 70 kids ARE impacting the world. They have moved all over the place and shared their faith with many more people. Our dream may not have fully developed in reality, but because we were willing to dream, and share that dream, many people experienced the love of Christ during that time that are still bearing fruit today.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated this past Monday because of a dream. MLK’s famous speech starts with “I have a dream…” He dreamed for people of all races to live together in love and harmony. From the day he spoke that dream to the world, bits and pieces of that dream have been taken on by others and many triumphs have come because of his focus and passion for that dream to become reality. His life may have ended but his dream has lived on.
Life as we know it now is in many ways the result of someone else’s dream. Someone dared to dream that light could be made through electricity, someone dreamed of a cleaner environment and began recycling, some mother dreamed of having a child and that child was birthed and became someone’s spouse one day. Someone dreamed of a community by the river, and a city was created. Someone dreamed the world wasn’t square and land was discovered across the ocean.
We can’t be afraid to dream. Dreams are where intentions have to begin. If we don’t have a dream of becoming healthier, we won’t have the motivation to establish disciplines in our health. If we don’t have a dream to change the world, we won’t have the strength to change ourselves. Discipline comes from dreams and law and order comes from embracing vision. “Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,[a] but blessed is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18
We need to pray for prophetic vision over our lives, and over our country, and over our churches, and over our families, because without vision being shared, passion dies and people forget who they are and who God is.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.”
If there is not vision, there is not a reason to keep the laws of the land. Understanding the vision and dreams of God gives us motivation to keep His commandments. Dreams give us purpose. They take us beyond ourselves. They motivate us.
My desire for health in wellness in my family has come out of a dream that we will be able to do more to impact communities with the gospel, and be able to give more to the missions that we are involved in. In order to do that, we must be in good health and fuel our bodies with good things so we can accomplish bigger things.
Why would I spend more on groceries to get healthy organic veggies and hormone free meat if I didn’t understand the long term goal of health and wellness and how my body will be affected? Why the heck am I going to say no to sugar when it tastes SOOO good if I don’t have something that outweighs the desire? But when I know and understand how much better I feel without it and how much more I can accomplish when I don’t eat it because my brain is clearer and more focused, then I have motivation to do what is right and say no to the sugar that entices me.
I guess what I am saying is that before we can choose to be intentional about areas in our lives that need to be sharpened or changed, we have to be intentional about vision.
My personal vision this year is to put together a conference and write a book that deals with healing and destiny that will hopefully impact many women in a positive way. So one of the disciplines I am committed to developing is the discipline of writing twice a week. I am intentionally setting aside time on Tuesday and Thursday to write for two hours each week. Yes, I have piles of laundry downstairs and groceries that need to be gotten. Yes, I have lists of bills to pay and errands to run that are calling my name. But once this two hours is over they will still be there and then I can tackle them. If I don’t prioritize this dream, it won’t happen. Period. We have to know the vision, and then we know what we can say yes to and what we have to say no to.
Is your vision to have children who love the Lord with all their heart? Then you are going to have to prioritize activities that are going to teach them and encourage them to love the Lord. Is your dream to be financially free? Then you are going to have to prioritize the things in your life that are going to help you make money, and NOT spend it. That may mean no more Starbucks for the year, and a jar for extra Starbucks savings to go towards paying off that credit card. That isn’t a fun discipline, but when you are able to see the bigger dream of being financially free the sacrifice does not seem so hard.
So what is the vision that motivates you? What dreams do you have? What do you have to do to be able to better accomplish those dreams?
Sweet dreams, my dear readers…
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