Monthly Archives: March 2011

God– The Giver, Killer, and Fulfiller of Dreams

Have you ever had a dream?  By “dream” I don’t necessarily mean something you experience as you sleep at night.  Rather, I mean that God-given inspiration that lodges itself in your heart and mind to work towards a specific goal and outcome.  In a mere moment, you experience a crystalized thought that captures everything that you are, and becomes the primary driving force of everything you are about.

God is the giver of dreams.  Through the study of Scripture and the leading of the Holy Spirit, God will often take a thought and like a seed, plant it into the depths of who we are.  He will water and nurture that dream.  And from that moment, we will passionately labor to bring that which we do not see into existence. 

And from that moment, everything is a smooth ride into the sunset, right?  …WRONG!

God is also the killer of dreams.  It is my conviction that every dream that God births in us God will also effectually put to death.  And by that I mean there is nothing God births in you that you will think it humanly possible to accomplish.  You will be forced to go through periods of darkness and despair.  You will be forced to go through times where you may think the dream but a distant wish.  You may even begin to experience seasons of doubt, and be ready to throw in the towel.  You will begin to formulate a Plan B. 

But, God is also the fulfiller of dreams.  But when this cycle has finally run its course, seemingly out of nowhere God will bring that which began to look all but lost into being.  I think the story of Joseph in Genesis is a perfect example of this.  As we all know, God gave Joseph a dream one night that he would become an exalted ruler.  Joseph was utterly convinced of this dream, and shared it with his family.  But naysayers attempted to squash Josephs’ dream.  Indeed, they even began to actively labor against it.  And for many years the fulfillment of Josephs’ dream began to become more and more like a distant pipe dream. 

Then one day God suddenly brought the dream into being.  That which was unseen became seen.  And that which God had conceived in Joseph was finally born.  And He did this so that Joseph would realize that God was sovereign and in control.  He did this so Joseph would realize that it is not by the arm of the flesh, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that things come into being.  He did this so that it might be realized that God is both the author and finisher of faith.  He did this so Joseph might realize that God never gives up on what He is doing in our lives, even when all hope has been lost to us.

Some of you have dreams in your heart.  Some of you are actively pursuing those dreams.  To others, all hope seems to be lost, and the dream almost forgotten.  But don’t give up and don’t despair.  Don’t lose the vision God gave to you.  As Hebrews says, it is by patience that we inherit the promises of God.  So be patient.  God is still at work.  And if what you have in your heart has been born of Him, be sure that God will bring what He spoke into fruition.  You will see that dream fulfilled.

For our God is the giver, killer, and fulfiller of dreams.


Charlie Sheen Wants to Be Me

“Actor” and celebrity, Charlie Sheen,  has made a big splash recently.  Spinning out of control and self-destructing in front of the entire world, his recent “bad boy” antics have probably gained him more attention and notoriety than anything he has ever done on TV or in the movies.  His melodramatic actions and sayings are being gobbled up by news media that wouldn’t normally give him the time of day.  People who were otherwise unaware of his existence are now suddenly caught up into the man who has become something of a train wreck.

Sheen is flaunting himself to the world as a rock star from Mars who deserves the adoration of millions.  Indeed, the idea conveyed to the masses is that we all should want to be like Charlie Sheen.  After all, he literally makes millions of dollars from every TV episode he appears in, and has access to all the women and drugs one could ever hope for.  I should want to be Charlie Sheen. 

But the truth of the matter is when the rubber meets the road:  Charlie Sheen wants to be me.

Charlie Sheen may not realize it, but in spite of all of what Charlie Sheen says he has, I would say Charlie Sheen has nothing.  He says he is rich and need in nothing, and I say he is naked and poor and in need of everything.  What Sheen is doing is nothing other than what millions of people do every day in this world.  He is trying to fill that “God-sized hole” in his heart.  As Solomon said, God has set eternity in our hearts, and Sheen is vainly and desperately attempting to fill his heart with that which only God can fill.  In spite of their claims, money, drugs and porn stars can never deliver on their promises to truly fill that empty space in a broken humanity.  They never satisfy.

With Christ, I have everything Charlie Sheen could ever dream of having, but will never obtain.  I have a purpose for being in Christ, and am filled with the love, joy, and peace that comes from knowing Him.  Indeed, in Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all and who possesses all things, I have all things.  All things are mine in Him, and I lack for nothing.

At the end of the day, though I plug away in a clerical role at a law office making a humble wage, living in a two bedroom apartment, and am single, I would say that in Jesus Christ, I have everything that Charlie Sheen wants, but does not have.  Indeed, even what he claims to have he actually lacks.  Though radically different in the lifestyle he is living, the impulses Sheen is acting on every single day shows that in reality, though he would probably deny it, Charlie Seen wants to be me.

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