Dare To Dream
This month I am reading a challenging book by Mike Slaughter called "Dare To Dream".
He challenges each of us to examine our life and ask some important questions. He asks us to examine our life goals. Many of us only reflect as far as our "to do" list for the week. He wants us to engage with a deeper reflection. He says we think too small. He encourages us to ask, "Am I living the "just get by" plan, or is there a greater God dream that if lived to the fullest, could permeate and inform every move I make."
To do God-dreaming instead of simply day dreaming we must put feet to our faith. He wants us to begin as the book of James urges us to embrace, No-regret living. James 4:14 says, "you don't really know about tomorrow. What is your life? You are in a mist that appears for only a short while before it vanishes." James confronts aimless living by saying, "it is a sin when someone knows the right thing to do and doesn't do it."
The purpose of his book, Mike Slaughter says, is three-fold. First, is to wake up the God sized dream in us. It is the dream Christ gave us when he first came into our life. Secondly, we need a personal mission statement for our life. This is different from life goals which can change from season to season. Our life's mission never changes. Commit fully to your God-directed life mission. Remember life is finite, we must seize today as the moment to begin.
I want to conclude with the prayer Reverend Slaughter offers in the opening of his book. It is a prayer for each of us but also for our church as well.
"Father, you have created us for so much more. Reveal to us how to live life in the abundance
of your empowering Spirit. May we say with Jesus when our days on this earth are done, ‘I have glorified you on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.’ Amen