Dream a Little
The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies lacks sense.–Proverbs 12:11
What are fantasies? They are usually a big waste of time and, as stated above, they lack sense. Fantasies are different than dreams. Dreams have the potential to come from God and, therefore, can be instrumental in bringing working direction to our daily lives. The right dream can bring foundational vision to what we do.
Here are some examples of potentially good dreams: striving for a high GPA, shooting to make all-league at shortstop, helping a friend become a Christian.
If we took these dreams and used them as starting points, we could come up with a good, strong plan. For example to gain a high GPA we might choose to devote a couple extra hours to our studies. To become an all-league shortstop, we might need to take one hundred extra ground balls in practice each day. And if we wanted a friend to become a Christian, we could pray for him/her and implement a plan to invite that person to our Huddle or a church outreach event.
Are we these kind of visionary dreamers, or do we let our minds get wasted on fantasies? This proverb declares boldly: quit fantasizing! Instead, work hard at the task at hand. Dream a little, then work a lot!
1. Have you asked God to take away your fantasies?
2. Can you get alone or with someone you trust and come up with some good dreams?
3. What work must you do to see your dreams fulfilled?
Genesis 31:10-15; Matthew 1:18-25; 2:19-23
Lord, thank You for this reminder that it’s OK to have a dream. Give me the discernment to know which dreams to pursue. Guard my heart from fantasies that lack sense. Help me dream a little and work a lot. Amen.