Deliver Us From Dream Killers
I feel like I’m writing this post on a week that represents so much for American history. On Monday, we celebrated Martin Luther King, a man who dared to broadcast an audacious dream for the nation. And on Friday, January 21, 2017 we will watch our new President take office – a man who some have said represents the very opposite of what MLK stood for: unity, hope, end equality.
While there’s been a lot of uproar about what America’s future could look like, I desired to hear God’s heart. The truth is, God’s dreams – the dreams he has uniquely planted in our hearts – remain the same. We are still called to pursue them regardless of who is in the Oval Office. Rather than focus on the uproar on the outside, we need to steward healthy hearts that can nourish God-sized dreams. And so I write, ‘Deliver Us From Dream Killers.’ These are the inner struggles that get in the way of big dreams. Read this, and make 2017 a heart healthy, dream living year.
Five Dream Killers on the Loose
Fear is a killer that lives in many hearts. I have heard people say that some level of fear is good; that it can be a means of self preservation. To that I say, if self preservation should be a dreamer’s preoccupation, then embrace fear as you please. Fear is very skilled at painting a picture of the worst possible outcome, and thereby chokes your decision making. While you stutter, time passes, opportunities come and go, and you’re left standing still. Nothing changes. But here is a scripture that promises a good end to those who believe: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). When you sense that it’s time for a shift, dare to step out despite what fear says. You can rest in God’s plans for a future and a perfect ending.