A few weeks ago, I felt like I wasn’t spending enough time in personal Bible reading. Several times in past years I’ve had success using a One-Year Bible reading plan. I’ve enjoyed the portions from Old and New Testaments along with segments of Psalms and Proverbs each day.
Instead of procrastinating until the new year begins, I purchased a brand new One-Year Bible at a great price and began reading in August rather than on January 1. I’m not going to be legalistic and know I may not finish reading through in one year, but I feel good about beginning this spiritual discipline once again.
I enjoyed especially re-reading the Genesis account of Joseph. Joseph was a dreamer. In his youth, the way he communicated his dreams caused him big problems. After a season of suffering and maturing, Joseph’s humble ability to interpret a king’s dreams catapulted him to a position of power, which enabled him to save a nation as well as his biological family.
Dreams are mentioned almost 100 times in the Bible. God gives men and women dreams. A dream I believe God has implanted in my heart is one reason I chose to begin studying spiritual direction in a formal and deeper manner.
My dream is that the spirits of Christians all over the world will awaken. With our spiritual awakening, men, women, parents, grandparents, marketplace workers, political and religious leaders, neighbors, volunteers, church goers and citizens will step courageously into the dreams God implants in our hearts.
My dream includes the hope that we who call ourselves ‘Christian’ will become:
more loving despite different designs, doctrines and desires;
more compassionate, grace filled, patient, forgiving and generous;
more God-confident and assured that our individual God-designs are good.
better learners who study Scripture, history, humanity and the cultures in which God has placed us.
emptied of pride and self-sufficiency, walking in the harnessed strength of
In 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C., Martin Luther King made his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech. He began describing his dream with these words: “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.”
It’s been over 56 years since Dr. King spoke of his dream. We may agree that even though difficulties we experience today are on some levels different, they still exist. Poverty, prejudice, and divisive passions remain rampant.
It’s easy to become bogged down in all that is wrong in our 21st culture.
But, because the words I read in Scripture assure me a very good God remains the same in our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows, I realize it is possible to “still have a dream.”
What dream has God planted in your heart?
Where might God’s dream be taking you?
I hope you’ll consider and pray over these questions.
I’m praying with you…