“When the dream is unleashed”
Do you have one so deep down inside you some people close to you don’t even realize it. How long has it been there? Do you know when it will be unleashed? Does carrying it around every day hurt?
I’m talking about a dream. A desire to do something for God. Perhaps more people have them than we would know. There are those who want to be in one form of ministry, or another, full time. Not just to minister on weekends, or part time, but all the time. Not getting that opportunity can hurt, and at times it makes getting up and going to work somewhere we don’t want to be extremely hard to do.
Yes, I have one. I can relate to Joseph in Genesis 35:7, “Joseph had a dream.” I desire more than anything to become a full time author, and public speaker. I write where and when I can. I try my best to be faithful with the time I have to minister with words. I struggle to, but I know I need to be content where God has me now. There are people where I am now that need to be ministered to full time.
I am learning this: to be faithful where I am today, and that practice will prepare me to be faithful where I want to be. If you have one, I know what you are going through. If you would like to be on this special list of God dreamers, so that I can pray for you as well then let me hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org As I have shared with another just this past week, it stays with me, but you can know this; there is at least another who understands what you feel, what you want, and what you cry out to God for, that the dream will one day be more than a dream. It will be your life.
This is one of my favorite times of the year. You see I like to watch football. Last Thursday night was the kickoff of the 2014 professional football season. I have learned how to man the remote control with such proficiency I can actually watch two games at one time on one TV. You see it sort of works out that while one team is in a huddle on one channel on another channel they will be running a play. When that play is over you quickly switch back to the other channel. I usually start a regiment of exercises for my index finger in early August. I practice this move during preseason. I also have a backup finger just in case my starting finger gets knocked out of the game! I love football!
I have to be careful though not to spend 10 ½ hours on Sunday’s watching football. There are things that are way more important that need to be taken care of. With this realization I now limit myself to only watching one game. (And a few quick peeks in on the action.) What is more important than football? Well, a number of things, but for me touching lives. Today I have two letters to write to two different men who are “tenants” of their respective state. (Inmates) I will spend time praying for the week ahead that I will be aware of those that I encounter that may need a few more minutes of my time. In those few minutes they may express their hurts, their fears, or what they need prayer for. I want to be ready. I will also plan out how I can purposely touch the lives of the ones I care about. How I can surprise them with a word that lifts them up, put a smile on their face, lets them know they are loved, and thought of.
Touching someone’s life in a Godly manner takes time, takes practice, and takes opening your eyes to see the needs. It means not being so self-concerned about your own needs. You should already know your needs will be met. In a book I am currently writing I spend a whole chapter describing ways to touch lives. What is your favorite way to do this?
My church always considers this time of the year as the start of a new ministry season. I tend to think that way as well. So the question isn’t, “Am I ready for some football?” the question is, “Am I ready for some ministry?”