Why I hope all your good dreams (eventually) become garbage.
Ever been in the middle of saying something and halfway through you try to reach out to grab your words and throw it back in your mouth because you realize how absurd it sounds?
I’m not talking about classic foot in mouth moments like...
“So when’s that baby...(this is the point where hand reaches out to stick words back in mouth) due!
I’m actually talking about the good kind of ‘foot in mouth’ moment.
Yea, I had one of those last week while my wife and I were cruising to the ‘wall of marts’ in our luxurious Chevy Prism. I said...
“Babe, you know if this tour was cancelled, (this is the point where hand reaches out to stick words back in mouth) I’d be totally okay”.
She was shocked I said that. I was shocked I said that, especially since I meant it. I really did.
In my heart of hearts, I really believed that if this dream opportunity fell through at the last second, I’d be fine.
You see, that’s the interesting thing about following Jesus. At the end of every one of our dreams (assuming they are in line with Gods dreams for us) is a huge twist.
Like Luke, I am your father (star wars). Or Brad Pitt is actually Ed Norton (fight club)]
Or in our case, our dreams not ending up being what we thought they’d be and them not bringing us what we assumed they’d bring us.
In other words, the huge twist in being in Gods story is realizing that the treasure in our dreams is not actually the dream itself but rather the 'dream giver'.
Look, I know this is gonna sound cliche, but it’s so true. Everything we think our dreams will bring us (peace, joy, satisfaction) is all found in the person of Christ.
Don’t be mistaken, I love that I get to live my dreams. I love speaking. I love being a pastor. I think its pretty stinking ridiculous that I get paid to do what I do.
I’m on tour with Toby Mac for crying out loud. This is a freaking fantasy. I’ve dreamed of doing something like this for years and years and years.
But if it all went away today, I’d be fine. Would I be sad? Yes. But I’d be okay. Not because I’ve done it all (cause really I’m just getting started in my craft) but because I have Jesus.
You know, I think that's another reason why God makes us wait so much. Yes he’s preparing us for our dreams but I think he’s also doing something much bigger. He’s turning our hearts to him.
Dreams are great but compared to the dream giver, they are completely useless.
Or as Paul would put it, garbage.
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:7).
Why would Paul consider everything (not just bad, everything) garbage?
Because Jesus is better, so much so that anything else, good or bad, is garbage in comparison.
Jesus is better. Period.
I know we all have dreams. I hope yours come true. I really do.
But when they do, I hope you say something that you never thought you’d say because of Jesus.
I hope you say, If my dream was taken away from me, I’d be okay.
Please fill in the blank. Don’t try to be cute or super spiritual. As always, lets just be honest.
If only ________ would happen, I would be way happier and more satiafied in life.
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