Is the vision worthy of you?

There was a man who was preaching a message to his audience.  All of the sudden, he stopped in the middle of his sermon and cried “Wait. Don’t jump! The answer is in your briefcase!”.

The preacher’s audience looked baffled, and he was as well. He honestly couldn’t tell you WHY he said what he said.

A while later, he found out why.  While taking a train home from a business trip, another man, a lonely man, contemplating taking his life, decided to first listen to a tape his loved one had packed away for him. He thought it was an “inspirational tape”, not necessarily a sermon.

Actually, it was both. Here’s why. When the lonely business man started that tape, he heard it played at exactly the point where it said, “Wait. Don’t jump! The answer is in your briefcase”.

He went to his briefcase and found that the one he loved had also packed away a Bible.

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(um, okay, soooo, like what does that have to do with my vision?)

This morning I felt prompted to add this little “aside” to my vision casting sermon.

{Let me know if it helped anyone out there}.

Suicide is never the answer. People who attempt suicide have lost all hope.

I am convinced that all they need is a dream. But not just any dream, rather, a dream that is worthy of THEM!

Yes, you heard that right! Your dream must be worthy of YOU, I didn’t say worthy of God. I said, your dream must be worthy of you.

Please don’t think that I am being sacrilegious here: you are a precious person made in the image of God and He doesn’t want you wasting any of your time down here.

I say “worthy of you” because I run into so many people whose only vision seems to be working at fast food or some other minimum wage jobs. And I’m not talking about young people just getting started in the workforce. Every day, I run into people my age, in my town, whom I worked with after high school, in various fast food restaurants. And they are still working there today!

No, not as a cashier, but as an assistant of some sort. Yet they aren’t making any serious money at McDonalds, years later. And I want to shake them and ask them, “Is this really all you want out of life?” I mean, they just never move up and on.

In case no one told you, God doesn’t give out dull, mediocre dreams.

God gives us fantastic, awe-inspiring dreams.

And most people have forgotten what they used to dream about!

I think that is because, most people get older, and in their “wisdom”  begin to discount their dream as impractical.

Yet, that very dream that you had, in the very beginning, probably wasn’t practical at all! It most likely was bigger than you, and seemed unachievable.

So before we go into how to make your dream happen, let’s find out a few things about your dream.

Now, I’d like you to take moment to seriously reflect on your original dream. Relax for a moment and let yourself go back in your mind to the first really really big dream you ever had.

Ok, like the biggest one ever.

Now, what happened to that dream? Are you back now to the biggest dream you have ever had? I hope you are. Because we are going to be talking later about how to actionably get there, to your dream.

Now, write down your dream.

Spend all day thinking about it, even if it seems ridiculous.

How do I know my dream is a good dream?

I think when people ask me this, what they really are saying is, How do I know that my dream is worthy of me?

See you are an awesome, fully loaded person who is capable of getting heavenly downloads.

You’ve been made in God’s image, and He is awesome! As an awesome individual, you really need to run your dream through some filters to see if it’s a dream that is worthy of you. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself

  1.  Is this dream bigger than me?  In other words, is this a dream that is going to challenge, inspire and push you? If your dream is too easy, it may be better classified as a goal.
  2. Am I willing to commit my whole life to this dream?  If your dream is having a mansion on the hill, are you willing to devote your whole life to that? Only you can decide.
  3. Is this dream going to help others?  You have been designed by your creator to solve someone’s problem, and to be a blessing to your fellow man. If your dream doesn’t do this, you won’t feel fulfilled.
  4. Have I asked my Creator about this dream (and really listened……)
  5. Do I even like this dream.  See, some people (ok, alot of them) grow up thinking that they are supposed to want to be wealthy. And believe me, I am all for that. But they make wealth their dream. Money isn’t really want you want, it’s what money can buy that enriches us. We’ve all heard of the hermit who died and left a million dollars in his ratty mattress. What was he saving for? Rather than viewing money as a tool to purchase things to enrich his life and others, it’s purpose had become meaningless; Money had become an idol to him.
  6. Will this dream make me happy, and satisfy me?  If this dream doesn’t make your heart sing at the thought of coming true, then it’s not the one. And if you don’t know your Creator, NO dream will make you feel happy. All of us have a God shaped hole that no dream can fill, only He can

Jesus,  come in my heart and fill my God shaped hole.

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hold on dream

 

The Beauty of being ethical

english garden

A long time ago, there was a wise King who went into one of the provinces of his village.

“I am looking for a child to raise as my own” he declared. “The one I choose shall have the finest of everything”.  Then, he distributed flower pots among the village’s orphan children

“I want each of you children to do your very best at raising a healthy plant. Each pot contains one flower seed. Water well, and tend to what you’ve been given. I will return to judge your work,  and to pick which one of you who shall be my heir.”

At the end of forty days, the king did indeed return, along with the Queen. Child after child presented him glorious blooms and scented flowers. But one small child, with a quavering chin, stood silently at the back of the crowd.

The king swiftly noticed him, and pulled him forward.

“Child,” said the king. “Whatever in the world is wrong with your plant?”

Swiftly, the queen joined the child, held the plant up over her head and declared that this was indeed the most beautiful plant in the group.

“Why dear,” the King protested. “This plant is nothing but a weed.”

The queen picked up the hysterical child, dried his tears and proclaimed, “But darling, did we not agree I could have the final say?”

So, the king relented, the child joined them on the trip home, and the beloved weed plant was prominently displayed as “Queen Anne’s Lace”

It wasn’t until years later that the Queen revealed the truth of the test, to her son, as he was ready to venture into the world.

“My son,” she told him “I would like to tell you the story of why I chose you above all others to be my son”

“Was it my mournful look, and the sorrow you felt for me? ”

“No, my son”

“Was it my dashing good looks, Mother?” he teased playfully

“No, my son, though you are beautiful.”

Handsome, Mother”

“Of course, my son.”

“Seriously though, Mum, why did you choose me? My plant really was a weed you know…my science teacher told me.”

“Son, no one knows this story but you and I. As I looked out of my window that week, I observed some ruffians stealing and being cruel. I was reluctant to take a village urchin as a son lest some brute enter my castle. The night before the big test, I boiled each of the flower seeds that the gardener collected, and then returned them tidily to his workshop. Yours was the only plant that truly grew out of honesty, not deceit.”

Did it ever occur to you that your heavenly father, who knows it all, has a way of advancing you past less honest and ethical marketers?

He sure does.

In my series “financial prosperity in 2017” I offer a collection of spiritual truths that can ethically advance you in the year 2017.

 

If you’d like to learn more about putting the divine into your financial life of ethics, biz-book  I invite you to download this free ebook, on “doing business by the Spirit”.

Here’s to playing by rules that work!

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