We continued our Proverbs series on wisdom by enjoying a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. Great Mothers help us fulfill our dreams!
Someone sent me examples of what some moms in history could have said:
- MONA LISA’S MOTHER: “After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that’s the biggest smile you can give us?”
- HUMPTY DUMPTY’S MOTHER: “Humpty, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!”
- MICHELANGELO’S MOTHER: “Mike, can’t you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?”
- NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: “All right, Napoleon. If you aren’t hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!”
- JONAH’S MOTHER: “That’s a nice story, but now tell me where you’ve really been for the last three days!”
Yea God for moms (and church leaders/members) who don’t squash dreams, because nothing great happens for God without a dream.
Mark Batterson, in his book The Circle Maker, notes that “our date of death is not the date etched on our tombstone. The day we stop dreaming is the day we start dying. When imagination is sacrificed on the altar of logic, God is robbed of the glory that rightfully belongs to Him…We lose faith in the God who gave us the big dream and settle for a small dream that we can accomplish without His help.” He says:
- When our dreams are beyond our ability to accomplish them, God gets the credit when they are realized.
- Big dreams mean big dependence on God.
- Big dreams keep us young. The future is exciting instead of threatening.
- Big dreams remind us that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
- Big dreams build greater faith. God will accomplish what He wants done.
Batterson concludes, “May you keep dreaming until the day you die. May imagination overtake memory. May you die young at a ripe old age.”
I read recently that Apple (company that the late Steven Jobs founded) originally had a 3rd partner, Ron Wayne, who got cold feet after 11 days and gave up on the dream. He didn’t think the company would make it. He was paid a buyout of $2,300. Had he stayed, his share would be worth $2.6 billion. Ouch!
Question – Have you given up on your dreams? Maybe it’s time to recapture them. Dream big dreams for your children, your marriage, your career, your company, your church. Why? God is bigger. In fact, I have noticed that the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do!
Our vision and dream at Whitewater is to be a fully functioning biblical community. It drives EVERYTHING we do and decide. Don’t give up on it.
We are dreaming that the whole month of June will be full of opportunities to strategically serve and reach out to several key outside environments to fulfill our vision. It might be summer, but it’s prime time to invest and invite. Can’t wait to share those in coming days!
P.S. This coming weekend we are going to focus on Wisdom with Alcohol. Solomon had quite a lot to say about it. Get ready for a counter-cultural message for sure!