Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Dreams, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.

Lately, i've been striving to learn to say no to more things so that I can say yes to more things. That sounds a little weird I'm sure, but let me explain.

There are constant demands on our most precious resource every day. Time. We have a very limited amount of it. (In fact I might write a future note on the subject itself.) But lately, I've been learning how to say no to some things so that I can say yes to other things that are better and more streamlined uses of my time.

As a result, I have been getting better rest, and I've started dreaming. I've started having dreams while I'm sleeping and while I'm awake. Now when you have dreams while sleeping, I have heard it means you are actually getting some deep sleep. Back in first century Israel, I have heard that there was a proverb that a person who went a week without dreaming was considered out of favor with God. (All the more reason to be glad I'm dreaming). I don't remember much about these dreams--just the people. For instance, my mom was in this last one. And I am frustrated that I didn't write out the details. But just like with any dream you feel like you will never forget it.

But I've also started dreaming in the daytime. Not so much day-dreaming as imagining what my life/ministry/community could look like. I was reading a book that said that many people don't have a dream or a vision that orients their life. They just go throught the motions and wing it day by day. For years. And years. And then one day, they realize that they have missed out on opportunity after opportunity.

As you read, take a moment and ask yourself Self, what are my dreams? Begin dreaming big. Just like the picture above--the sky is the limit. Most people at the end of their lives say they would like to have risked more, reflected more, and given their lives to things that will go on after they are gone.

What God-given dreams are you giving your life to? If you aren't sure, there's no time like the present to begin thinking about it and dreaming big!!!


Anonymous said...

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

Pam Swope said...

Very cool...I have wild night dreams but haven't thought about the ones while I'm awake....I'll keep you posted.
Thanks for your insight.