Saturday, September 7, 2013

OMTL Day 7: "Dreamsicle"

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

            --Psalm 34:8

Dreamsicles. Orange sherbet wrapped around vanilla ice cream, frozen on a stick. Kerry Shook says, "Man, I loved them as a kid!" 
And I say, "As a kid? Man, I love them now!" 

(And you know what's even better? They only have 100 calories!)

Today's Scripture says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Like a Dreamsicle, "there is nothing tastier and more fulfilling than discovering and following the dream God has planted in your heart" (OMTL, p. 50). 

Dreamsicles taste wonderful. But sometimes they melt away. Or they slide off the stick and hit the pavement. Life has a way of doing that to your dreams. Hard times, circumstances, unlucky breaks--these can be like the sun melting your Dreamsicle away. 

Another thing that happens to Dreamsicles -- they get forgotten and they stay stuck in the back of the freezer. They get freezer burn and turn brittle. When the busyness of life distracts you, when difficulties drain your energy--then your dreams can also be forgotten. 

Years ago, Billy Joel sang, "Everybody has a dream." What's yours? It might be some self-centered, narcissistic dream like make a bunch of money, buy a tropical island, and spend the rest of your days not caring about anybody else. If that's your dream, it's not from God. 

But if you're a Christ follower, you have dreams that have been planted in your heart by God. Maybe they've been melted by the circumstances of life. Maybe they've gotten stuck in the back of the freezer. 

Right now is a good time to re-connect with those dreams. 

Imagine you only have a month to live. What's a dream that would be on your bucket list?  (A godly dream, not a selfish one.) Maybe your dream is something that will take more than 30 days to achieve. But what could you do, between now and the end of the month, to work towards, or experience, one of the dreams God has planted in your heart? 

Think through these questions, then make a plan (write it down, put it on your calendar, tell somebody) to take one step towards pursuing a dream.

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