Perhaps the most famous speech given in modern history about dreams was by Martin Luther King, Jr. His famous “I Have a Dream” was heard from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The thing that grabs me about that speech is that Martin Luther King, Jr. did not stand and speak that speech in the freedom that he was so yearning for, but he found himself speaking of a dream that was exactly opposite of the nation in which he belonged. This speech seemed like a speech of failure––something that would not come true for several more years; some arguing that the nation we love is still not equal to race, sex, creed, or religion. King believed that even though the people were not free, they could go back to the places they lived and that the dream would materialize for our nation. He Had A Dream…
Now before I go further, this post is not about political, racial, or social freedom; but about the dream that you find yourself in the middle of. The dream that was birthed the day you and I took our first breaths of life . The birthday of a dream!
Dreams are hard! As a husband I have dreams in my marriage. Not all are easily attained. As a dad, the dreams that I see for my children have to be seen and realized by my beautiful kids. As a Pastor, it is not my dream that must be realized, but the dream of the Father in heaven, as found in 1 Tim. 2:3&4, “…God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.”
Ask yourself this morning, “What is the dream that God has placed in my heart?” Do you know what that dream is today? Are you sold on the dream that you have from the heavenly Father? Do you feel like you are a failure today in that dream? You may feel that way, but remember that dreams come in hard places and hard times. Dreams are not just for you, but for other people – with other people!
In closing I want to remind you of the words of Jesus found in John 12:23-26,
23 Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man[l] to enter into his glory. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”
Now, I know this passage of scripture is a picture of the death of Christ, but I believe the principle also serves true when we are living the dreams of God! Let your dreams die––personally die for the dreams of God––and watch life happen around you.
When that happens we will all shout from the top of the mountain, “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God all Mighty, I am Free at Last!”