All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth.
Hebrews 11:13 NLT
We are probably all familiar with motivational quotes that adorn office walls. These statements can stir our imagination and inspire us for a moment. However, they lack power to mobilise us to pursue a dream. In fact, too many of us literally coast through life and reach retirement wondering where all those years have suddenly gone and what they really amounted to. That is because, unlike the heroes of the faith the writer to the Hebrews describes, we don’t know what we are aiming for with our life.
It’s not living for Jesus; it’s [itals]why[end itals] we are living for Jesus that impacts our world. In fact, accomplishing the dream is not the essential purpose within any dream. It is the decisions and life choices we take so that we are constantly moving towards that dream.
What we are living for might as easily be expressed as, what are we dying for? What is it that offers the horizon towards which our life is directed? It is relatively easy to manage everyday life until and unless some significant event occurs that forces us to evaluate why we are living at all. Yet, God gives us a call to realise a dream that we can discern and then live focused upon its realisation. Life is no longer lived because we don’t know what else to do with it. No! We live life to realise our unique, God-inspired dream.
To dream is to dare to consider why you have been given life in the first place. It is to give purpose and direction to your sojourn on earth. You may not realise your dream, yet in taking strides towards it you demonstrate the reality of God in the earth, as the heroes and heroines of the faith listed in Hebrews 11 did centuries before you.
What is your dream?
Guide me to dream the dream and be the person you made me to be, so that your will may be done and your kingdom established on earth as it is in heaven.