Friday, October 17, 2008

If you can dream it, you can do it

That is the saying right?  I can't help but think this saying is wrong.  I mean, I have plenty of dreams that are outside my ability to do.

How about you?

Honestly, if you can achieve ALL of your dream, then you don't have a big enough imagination!

I think the opposite of that statement is truer.  It may be more negative, but it's also more profound.....if you don't dream it, then you won't do it.

Not everyone gets to be a star.  We don't all grow up to be President, even if you were told that you could be.  (This next election will be for the 44th US President....that's a VERY exclusive club!)  Just looking around will reveal to us that we all don't get a high profile.

But everyone has a part to play in making the world a bit better.  Everyday, thousands, millions, of people contribute in small ways that add up to a big difference.  Their dreams make the world better.  Are you dreaming?

If not, you won't see your world change.

Dare to dream.  And live Wide Awake.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Our Part and God's Part

We love to shift responsibility.  In fact, this is one of the key characteristics of our culture:  we want and desire to have authority shifted in our direction, but we don't want the responsibility that comes from having that authority.

We can even see this in our lives of faith.

We all trend toward a life of apathy or inaction.  What's worse is when we use biblical words to support unbiblical ideas.

Have you ever heard it from a friend who believes in God when asked about their role in the world?  "Oh, I'm not going to participate.  I'm just going to hope in the Lord!"  Have you ever said it?

How have we arrived at the place when our faith is used as an excuse for our inactivity?  Is there anything in us that knows faith, hope, and love are all activist ideals?  One cannot practice these principles and be dormant.  A life of faith is not static, it is active!  Hope isn't passive, it is passionate and bold!  Love certainly doesn't rest, it aggressively pursues.

Make no mistake about it:  God always does his part.  He always follows through and always comes through.

So if our lives are falling short of the dreams of our hearts, is it possible we need to play our part in the story?  Is there something we can all do to be a part of this narrative, the story of humanity?

Maybe we need to do our part.  Maybe God is waiting for us, drawing us, inviting us to be a part of the good in this world.

Will we have the courage to join?