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David is one of those characters that I can relate to well. He reminds me of me. David is a strong willed guy who can be pretty self-sufficient. On numerous occasions, David took control of his summit hike. It did not bode so well for him, but he learned a ton of character a long the way.

David was the youngest in his family. He was not so admired by his siblings. This part of the story sounds similar to Joseph’s story. David spent his days as a shepherd in the field, as well as a song writer. He was often excluded from family discussions, or anything that was going on with family business.

One day Samuel comes to visit David’s father, Jesse. I picture the scene playing out similar to that of Cinderella. Samuel is looking to anoint someone to be the next king. He asks Jesse for all of his sons to join him in the house. Like the wicked step-mom, Jesse presents his finest sons. Samuel asks if he has any others, Jesse says, “oh yea there’s my youngest David.”

In my mind the next scene goes something like this: David walks into the house, probably singing a song out loud that he made up. He dances his way into the kitchen where everyone is standing. I can picture David popping a date in his mouth from off the counter top while playing his air harp. His voice fades as he realizes that he walked in on something. Samuel presents David with the glass slipper that fits perfectly and anoints him to be the next king.

Wait what!? If I were David, I would be like, “what just happened?” It’s not like he was then ushered off to the palace and given a ring and robe. Nope. David returned to the field for shepherding and song writing. So how does the dream of being king even happen?

Cue David’s road of wonder.

After some time, maybe even when the dream of king had almost been lost, the tides change. David is sent with a picnic for his warrior brothers. It is on the battlefield that David is presented with an opportunity that makes him one step closer to his summit. David takes on a huge obstacle named Goliath and brings victory to the nation. With this win, David is then ushered to the palace where he is given fame and the one of the kings daughters to marry.

This is the first glimpse we get to David’s dream of being king. Before David ever stepped foot in the palace, God did some character work on him in the fields. God cultivated the character trait of faith in a bigger God. God taught David how to not rely on his own strength. This is a big character lesson for self-sufficient people. It was in the “simple” sheep fields that he learned to care about responsibility, protect the innocent, rise above his fear, and grow in intimacy with his God.

After Goliath, it might have seemed like David “arrived.” He was in the palace, and now son-in-law to the king. Break out the champagne! Sound the alarm for the party, King David had made it to the palace!

But was he king?

David might have been in the palace, but he was far from being king. After a triumphant entry into his new life, he then spent his days playing his harp for the king. David went through more time of waiting for his dream. He could see his dream, but he was playing the harp. Maybe God let David know that even though he was in the palace, he was not too good to play his harp and serve the king. God cultivated his character.

David went through a seasons of taking the reigns of his path, but God cultivated his character every step of the way. At the time David was given the throne, he was ready. Just because he was given the dream years before the actual throne did not mean he was ready for the dream.

How do you take control of your path?

How is God cultivating your character?

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Joseph is a man who’s life bleeds character. Joseph’s story is one of abandonment, heartache, injustice, steadfastness, faith, and redemption.

You see, Joseph had a dream. Joseph was given a dream by God. He had no idea what it meant or how it would even come to fruition, but he had it. Joseph was also a punk kid who didn’t have very many hardships in the beginning of his life. He was the favorite child among his brothers. He was given much freedom and favor from his father. This made for some bitter brothers.

Joseph’s family had a different dream for him. It was not one of success or even joy.

Let me give you the big picture of Joseph’s life.

  • Assaulted by his brothers and abandoned for dead
  • Sold into slavery by those same family members
  • Framed for committing adultery with the wife of his boss, Potipher
  • Thrown into prison
  • Served as prison admin.
  • Forgotten by a man who could have freed him from his prison days.
  • Stayed in prison life for two full years after that hope
  • Went from prison administrator to right hand of pharaoh
  • Saved a nation from famine
  • Reconciled the broken relationships with the same family members who assaulted, abandoned, and sold him into slavery.

That is a ton of bumps in the road for Joseph. He knew deep grief and hurt. Joseph had times of believing in the false summit. Potipher was high up in the kings army, maybe that could be his way to the top? A cup bearer being reinstated to a job even closer to the king, could that be his way out?

God gave Joseph a dream. There was something just for him to do. Nothing about the road that got him to his dream was easy. Joseph never treated God like an easy-button God either. He never asked for an easier situation of circumstance. I am sure he might’ve had unrecorded words with God, but he never took control of his path. Joseph believed in the real summit. Joseph held strong to his dream. Not only did he hold strong to his dream, he held strong to the dream giver.

Everything Joseph did along his path cultivated his character. Everything he was in charge of equipped him for the greater dream.

John Maxwell described Joseph’s process as one “who paid the price of preparation.” He also stated that, “every time Joseph faced adversity, he used it to develop his character. Joseph was able to follow each setback with a comeback.

Joseph spent thirteen years cultivating his character before he was appointed right hand man to pharaoh. By that time his character showed that Joseph was not bitter about any of us unfortunate turns in the road and mistreatment’s. Joseph did not right his wrongs.

One important aspect about Joseph’s story for me is that when Joseph entered into his dream, he did not “arrive.” Joseph still depended on God. He still spent time cultivating his character. In the world’s eyes, Joseph obtained the top job. He made it. But it is in those moments where God will always point upward and say, “keep going, you’re not there yet.

Does your path resemble an unknown way that is cultivating your character?

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Voices come in many different tones, inflections, and volume. However, every form is still saying something.

I have been reminiscing with my heart lately about times I have known is voice so clearly in me. I have felt far from anything in my life that seems to resemble me. I have been in a waiting pattern of life for a while.

I am realizing that the more I am involved in areas that I am wired for the more attuned to his voice I am. Feeling far from me makes sense for feeling like his voice is far as well. I am in no way saying that there are not ways of keeping his voice strong and present, but for me there is correlation.

I hear his voice when I ache to be using a certain skill set. I hear God strongly when glimpses of my element come into view. I even hear his voice more present in just studying topics I am drawn to.

We are drawn to specific things for a reason. We are all wired for something that he has for us – a specific purpose for you and me. Those things have his voice whispered all over them.

Have you ever wondered why you seem to have specific abilities? Have you found yourself being drawn to the same types of situations or circumstances?

God is constantly leading us into the direction he has for us. It is not a coincidence when you find yourself day dreaming about the same things repeatedly. Pay attention to what those things are for you. You will find his voice strong in those areas more often then not.

 So let me as you some questions:

Are you in the areas that are life giving to you?

Does hearing God’s voice and what you are doing correlate?

What kind of things/roles are YOU wired for?

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There is just something to hope. She gets me every time. Hope deferred makes a heart sick, but hope experienced enables momentum and joy.

Today I experienced some needed hope. Today, I experienced that kind of hope that gets your heart pumping with, “are you kidding me!?” kind of flavor. It was honey to my soul.

As these hopes unfolded, I was reminded that I do not want a life that I can just manage. I want to always look for the impossible. I want to think big or go home kinda thoughts.

Dreams are powerful. Faith is even more illogical.

My friend prayed Ephesians 3:20-21 for me today. I got a glimpse!

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Why am I even surprised that God shows up? Why do I even get all “OOOOOH!” when he shows up in ways that are natural to him, and out of my league for me?

God is big. God desires us to just ask for the big. Be direct. Be specific. Be real with him. I am all about that right now.

Dream big or go home!

What are you dreaming about?

How have you seen him show up lately?

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Lately, my life feels like this run/walk stutter step. I feel like I am in this limbo place of hoping in a long time dream and the reality of where my life stands. My stutter step can best be described from a scene in the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” There is this one scene where Meg Ryan is about to go and meet her mystery man that she has been getting to know online. On her way out of the house to the park meeting place, she has this excitement in her step that looks like a little run, and a reality check of not wanting to seem over zealous in her walk. That is me.

Dreaming gives me the hope in my step to want to sprint forward, but the reality of my current season of life brings me back to walking. There is a constant tension of hope and reality. This makes for a restless me.

How does one live in the state of both hope and reality? How does one stay grounded while running after their dreams?

My dream is big and illogical. I want to take into account the serious things that God says in regards to what we pursue. I don’t take my dreams lightly. I don’t take my ambition lightly. I am learning that neither does God. He has wired me a certain way, to dream for great things. But he also gives me principles to follow to get there.

There are some key scriptures that help me slow my roll when pursuing my dreams. God says, “my ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts.” He also says, “for those who have been entrusted with much, much will be asked.”

As I look at my dream, I believe that I am being given just the right amount of entrusting. Big dreams require big entrusting. I want to be ready for that. I want to be great at my dream. As I am so hopeful for that day, the walking keeps me grounded in valuing my small things.

For now, I am okay with a little stutter in my step.

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Hope is one of those things that can over joy the heart or make it sick. Hope feels like both the long anticipated climb to the top of a hill on a roller coaster, and the adrenaline of the drop down. Hope is anticipated. Hope is hoped for.

There is hope in the seen and the unseen. To hope could look like:  good grades, promotions, restoration, something new, success, dreams fulfilled, community, good days, or maybe that your alarm will go off. Maybe you hope for security and safety.

Hope has been on my heart this week. I find myself saying, “I hope” a lot. I am even saying it more talking with other people. I really do hope for many different things for people.

I spent some time reading about hope. It comes down to the truth that hope is nothing without Christ. He is our hope. Hope is believing in something only he can do. Hope depends on everything that is outside our own abilities. Our hope is to be in Christ. Hoping for good things is not bad, but setting your heart of hoping in God is what makes hope become hope.

Hope is the foundation of faith. Faith “is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.

God is the only sure thing that can be hoped in. Is it hard to hope? Heck yes! Scripture also says to defer yourself hope will “make your heart sick.” Settling for a life without hope is dangerous to the soul. Hope brings life. Hope keeps the pulse of life going.

My heart needs some hope in the unwavering. There is so much freedom waiting for me if I would just risk to place all my hope eggs in his basket.

Hope takes faith. Faith takes hope.

The promise is awesome. Hope in him “will not disappoint.” How many things do you hope for/in right now that carry this promise?

What are you hopeful for?

What does it look like to hope for you?

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My nightly routine was going smoothe and normal. I was exhausted and ready for some good sleeping. You know one of those hopes to hit R.E.M. as fast as possible. Well that hope came true. I went to sleep and one hour later I awoke with the loudest gasp for air. I sat straight up in bed and tossed my blanket over what I thought was for sure a snake! That’s right a SNAKE!!

At this point my roommate stephanie  jumped up in her bed from the sound of my need to find air. Trying to manuver my way around the imaginary snake, I olympic high jumped it from my bed to hers. I am sweating and my heart is beating out of my chest. I grabbed Stephanie and yelled, “THERE’S A SNAKE IN MY BED!” This took a little convincing as I have made these claims before of something being in my bed. (I have very lively dreams.) I told her, “I promise, this time there is a real snake in there.”

Being a good friend, and now a profressional snake wrangler, Stephanie got up to investigate. She was using her cell phone light as a torch to check for the snake. All the while I am giving my two cents on the best way to snake hunt. I think it was along the lines of, “you NEED more light! It’s going to bite your face off!” Standing on her bed, I proceeded “assist” by ripping apart my bed. I was determined to find my mystery night guest. After fifteen minutes of searching we found nothing. I could’ve sworn it was there!!  It was not under my bed or in my sheets!

After the drama that was my dream life settled down I crawled back into my newly made bed and attempted R.E.M. #2, but not before turning on the closet light for some comfort!

Here’s to good friends!

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