Chasing the dream.

July 20, 2007 at 11:07 am 3 comments

If you could be anything or do anything differently with your life, what would you choose?  If you had an opportunity to launch out in a totally different direction with your life, what would it look like?  Given the chance to start over, with a new career, a new location, a new life how would you put it together?

Of course the obvious questions come up in any kind of hypothetical situation.  Questions related to finances, work, family, house, stuff and many more.  But lay all of that aside for a moment and dream.  If there were no impediments to your choice, what would you want to give yourself to for the rest of your life?

I think most of us have a dream, a vision if you will that flows out of our convictions, our uniqueness and something deep within us calling us to something bigger than ourselves.  We do life a certain way mostly because of circumstances, calling, fear, ritual, guilt, peer pressure, financial expectations for now and the future, but seldom do we do something because of a dream or vision rooted in the private places of our hearts.  How many people do you know who are as fulfilled as they want to be or even the least bit happy with who they are, where they are, or what they do?  I know some, but most of the people I know are doing what they think they have to do, what they think will get them to retirement or what they believe is expected of them, either by society or by the fact they have been doing it so long.  So rooted in to whatever expectation they have they can’t even imagine doing anything else.

Maurice Blondel writes: The one who talks, especially if he talks to God, can effect a great deal, but the one who acts really means business and has more claim on our attention. If you want to know what a person really believes, don’t listen to what he says but watch what he does. (quoted in James Mackey, Jesus, The Man and the Myth)  What Blondel is saying is usually attached to the evaluation of character but I think it also questions whether or not we choose to do what is in concert with our dreams, our hearts, our calling rather than the expectations of culture, family, guilt or history.  If you want to know what a person really believes watch how closely his life mirrors his heart.

Brennan Manning writes: The risk-takers who listen to the Spirit speaking through the “intelligence of their emotions” are ready to chance something, fully aware that the history of Christian spirituality is not consistently one of obedient conformity… (A Glimpse of Jesus. p.117)

In other words taking a risk to do what is in your heart, doing what you know you are called to or even doing what your heart calls you to without knowing what or where, is to be in concert with the Spirit of Jesus.  Jesus was always judged unfaithful by the religious establishment.  He broke religious laws and established cultural norms of the time for the love of His calling.  His Kingdom vision and calling were more important to Him then doing what was expected, religiously or culturally.

Doing what your heart tells you to do rather than conforming to expectations has tremendous clout, even among “skeptics and unbelievers”.  Part of the reason the church and many believers are ignored and seen as irrelevant by the culture is because we rarely risk anything, especially the risking of our careers and futures for a life of following the heart.  Perhaps a reason the emergent “movement” is so threatening too many in the established church community is their desire to let life and ministry flow from the heart and not from any conventional norms of what is or was.

I know that Linda and I would never have positioned ourselves to do what was in our heart had we not been forced out of the comfortable and established.  God uses whatever is handy to open us up to possibility and opportunity.  Following one’s heart or dream certainly does not come without fear, second guessing and even temptation to see life as passing away rather than opening up.  However being in a position to risk, trust, see what God will do, let go, follow the dream, stay in step with the Spirit, be unconventional, always gets us closer to doing what is in our heart then simply doing what we have always done or doing what is expected or traditional.

Unless Jesus enfleshes the dream…discipleship loses its fascination and is stripped of its mystique. (A Glimpse of Jesus p.114) This Sunday we step into the dream, a dream of following Jesus at a new and we believe deeper level.  Discipleship at a level we have never entered before but one that flows from our hearts.

The View From The Juniper Tree will chronicle our dream chasing and might even give you a glimpse of Jesus as His life comes alive in ours.  It might even encourage you to chase your dream.

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Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Christianity, Church, Culture, Faith, Holy Spirit, Institutional church, Jesus, Revelation, Supernatural, The Father, Thoughts, Travel.

Brennan. Monday morning meanderings. Vol.5

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JP  |  July 30, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    What a great summation of what is going on with many of us. Do we risk and jump or stay and be “solid”? In some cases do we even remember the dream, our passion, that thing that Abba buried in us before we were born, that thing which we were created to do. How long since we have glimsed that path that we were meant to walk in. Or…perhaps we have been walking it in order to get here where He can unleash the passion that fuels our souls… I will stay tuned.
    May Abba love on you every day…

  • 2. Royal  |  July 23, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    In the next few days I will have to present my decision from my heart to people who have a large influence on my career and obviously my future finances. I know what I have to say will not sit well with them, I hope that they respect what I say and understand why I have chosen the path I have. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • 3. waltzingaustralia  |  July 20, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Most excellent thoughts — and ones I not only applaud but can affirm from the other side of stepping off the edge. It takes work, but following one’s dream is fulfilling–at least it is if one has plugged God into the picture and feels God is part of what is being pursued.

    So I wish you well on whatever it is you are pursuing.

    And thanks for the Blondel quote — kind of a nice summation of what James had to say.

    Love God, enjoy your dream.

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