In the last blog there was mention of dreams, taking that another step forward, lets take a look at three different aspects of dreams and then break them down from there. The three areas that we are going to focus on is the American Dream even from how it looked over fifty years ago to present. Reality of the dream, going back to what the turning points/epiphanies etc we reach that make us step back and stop for a second the focus on the drive. And finally seeing whats Gods view is on dreams and how He used dreams to reach and to get messages across. Let us journey together and see what the dream is all about.
Chris Hedges was quoted as saying the following “The vaunted American dream, the idea that life will get better, that progress is inevitable if we obey the rules and work hard, that material prosperity is assured, has been replaced by a hard and bitter truth. The American dream, we now know, is a lie. We will all be sacrificed. The virus of corporate abuse – the perverted belief that only corporate profit matters – has spread to outsource our jobs, cut the budgets of our schools, close our libraries, and plague our communities with foreclosures and unemployment.” Now a lot could be said in regards to this quote, a lot of Americans would be firm believers that this is the American Dream as we view it as of now. Now before during the 1950’s and 60’s the American Dream was a bit different, Martin Luther King Jr said “”We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands … when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage, thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.” Granted his dream was more to see an equal fair America as it is more developed now, but still there are a lot of walls up dividing us as a nation. According to a poll conducted by a YouGov during August 2013, found that 41 percent of Americans said it is impossible for most to achieve the American Dream and 38 percent said it is still possible. But the American dream could be defined as getting the promotion, getting married, owning a house, starting a family. But still for others the American dream could be defined as getting a college education, getting out of their old neighborhood, starting over some where fresh.
But each person is entitled to their own dreams right? But what if, we have that dream that seems out there? That dream that no one else but you believe in, what are some steps we can do to rally others to join us in our dreams? I think that this song sums up this very well….
What are we willing to sacrifice for our dreams? What is the one thing you are willing to trade give it all away for just that one thing? But what is that one thing? For some it could be to do missions work, for others it could be to open up a coffee shop to help those less fortunate, but all the ideas start somewhere right? What do they start with?What are some of the turning points that make us stop take a step back and wonder what the dream is really supposed to be, or as a reminder if the dream is out of focus how to get back on focus. Those brief moments in our day-to-day lives, that most epic memory that fantastic trip where years and years later we still have the memories with us, as if that moment had just happened.
Now the last section we are going to discuss Gods dream, now for those who may not have faith, remember this, faith is believing in something without seeing.Jesus allowed people to belong first, before they believed. Then, as they walked with Him, they began to believe. For some of them, coming to faith in Jesus took a long time.He didn’t justify their lack of belief or make excuses for their behavior while they were learning, but He allowed them to belong in order to believe. They didn’t have to clean up their lives first. God’s dream is to be relational with each and everyone of us,but it is up to us to accept this dream right? That is where faith comes into play faith and dreams believe without seeing but doing follow up and seeking answers and ways to make the dream come true. Happy Reading, Adam