“Don’t stop believing…. unless your dreams are stupid”
My favourite moment in this fantastic video that went viral this week. You will find this Journey(ish) quote just after the minute mark.
Are you a dreamer? I am! I can lose hours daydreaming quite easily. There is much truth in this video, however there is I believe, a hint of a great truth. In the first world today the preeminent message we receive is don’t stop believing, hold onto your dreams, never let anyone tell you that can’t do it.
Unfortunately as Christians we are tempted to believe that this positive, life affirming message is actually the good news. We act like God has called us to be achievers, to be successful at whatever we do. This is not the truth, at least not the whole truth.
Here’s how Jude put it
Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. Jude 1:8
We have dreams of preaching to 1000’s, writing a best selling book, leading 20,000 in worship or travelling to the four corners to share the good news. These great dreams can become what we rely on, the inspiration for our service, the thought that raises our hope.
Your dreams are not big enough!
When God invites us to be a player in His story, do we dream up a story of our own? God has called us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Him. He has called us to act as He would, to make disciples, to seek God.
I ask myself:
- Do I choose brilliance before Christlikeness?
- Is excellence or success my dream?
- Do I choose humility and prayer over self promotion and ambition?
- What do I believe will be the most significant thing I can do in serving Jesus?
In all this I find myself asking “What is my response to the gift of God in my life?”
My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace nor even blessing, but Himself my God F Brook