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Monday, February 15, 2016

Go, Live Your Dream

Genesis 37:8b "And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said" (NIV).

Wow, there must be some context to that!  There is.  Go read the entire story of Joseph.  It will be worth your time.  But this little piece of Scripture has me thinking...

Often, God places dreams in our hearts.  They may not be as obvious as the dreams we read about in Scripture.  They may not come with fitful sleep or angels or desperation for interpretation.  But God still gives us dreams.

Often, these dreams are met with the same kind of resistance that Joseph felt from his family.

Often, the road we take is nothing like we thought it would be.

This image?  Yep, that about sums it up:

But we have to keep dreaming.

A friend of mine recently asked the question, "If there was nothing holding you back, what would you do?"  This is an excellent question.  How often do we step back and let a dream slip through our fingers because it is simply too difficult, too controversial, too impossible?  This is not to say that we should just do whatever we want all the time, but I think Augustine was onto something:

"Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved" -Saint Augustine

Go.  Dream up some really big stuff with God, and then go do it!

Speaking to myself here...

Psalm 52:9 "For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.  And I will hope in your name, for your name is good" (NIV).

Collaborative dreaming... collaborative being... I think that works...


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