Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day 2018! Yes, We Dare To Work On Our Dreams

Still image, by Zack Santagate, from the"Your Moment has Come" music
video as seen in the special features of the 2017 Pure Flix film,
The Case for Christ, DVD/Blueray.

Labor Day is defined, in the most simple way, as a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people. I'd like to take a moment and recognize the Dreamers and the Doers. For most of my life I've been a dreamer. Dreamers are idealists, obsessed with the way "things" should or could be. They see themselves as untouchable except when the dream bubble is burst by a shattering reality mountain that seems too high to scale. 😐 I'm speaking figuratively, of course. Dreaming alone, without action, produces frustration in the lack of what one wishes were there. Don't get me wrong, dreaming is absolutely necessary, but put some action to them!

Then there are the Doers. The Doers like to get-er-done! It seems that many times the Doers will just put their heads down and DO whatever's in front of them to do, without stopping to ask themselves, "WHY". Busy, busy, busy producing lots and lots of meaningless "stuff". Don't get me wrong here either. It's better to be on the move than sitting idle, but which direction are you moving and to what end? I also find myself at times being more of a Doer in this sense than a Dreamer when out of my "natural habitat". This leads me to my next thought.

By themselves, The Dreamers and The Doers can produce very little of meaningful results. Without vision, people perish and without works, faith is dead. We're meant to be both the Dreamer and the Doer. A Doer with vision is a powerful force and a Dreamer with purpose in their feet is virtually unstoppable. When you're able to tap into the right dreams, big dreams, those God dreams that He himself has placed in you, and then commit to trusting Him to support and see them through, then you're onto something. You begin to work on those dreams, but not without structure. With strategic action, your efforts are expedited and multiplied. You have peace in decision making because you have a clear compassed direction of where you're going. Obstacles are easily averted by careful planning and you become agile in the unforeseen. You've become a Dreamer and a Doer, and you are profitable.

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, "Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]."

.."never without purpose"

Believe me, I'm the midst of this stuff too. I'm walking out my dreams and working on having clear vision also. Please, don't be discouraged, but decide, today is the day I begin (or continue) to work on my dreams. Today is the day I commit my works to the Lord and allow Him to establish my plans. (Proverbs 16:3) He's the one the put em' there! Proverbs 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. What you enjoy doing more than anything and what you're so passionate about, that's your gifting. Commit those gifts to the Lord and inquire firstly where your place is and what He's called you to do with your gifts and talents. Proverbs 18:16 says, "A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men." Your gifting may be the gift that gains you access to these great people.

James 1:5 states, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." So, if you're wondering what to do, where your place is, what your calling is, and/or how to do what God has for you to do.....just ask and listen. Jeremiah 1:12 says that He's watching over His word to perform it so we can trust that we will have wisdom when we ask and will be able to accomplish all He's gifted and made us desire to do, for Him and through Him.

This Labor Day, we celebrate working hard towards the dreams placed in each of our hearts. We need each and every person on this Earth living out their callings. Imagine how great of a place the world would be if we all did that. There I go, dreaming again. OK then, I'll start working on that dream by being the best me I can be. Now you do the same and let's watch the now empowered dream manifest into something more beautiful than we could have ever imagined...because God, Himself, is for us.

Happy Labor Day!

- Christian Ross (Heríam)


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