The world needs you to live your most heroic life. Just look around you. This planet is reeling and running towards disaster. We need you to step UP.
McManus said, “We have unimaginable freedom, opportunity, wealth, resources and are probably the most leveraged culture in human history for success and yet we have runaway depression, an epidemic of suicide and an overly medicated culture. Is it possible that we have consumed and consumed and consumed and taken all that we can for ourselves rather than to create and create and create for the good of others?”
This is a huge statement. It is what we’ve been talking about as we LiveUP we strive to LiveOUTWARD rather than consume inward. It is a radical thought. When you’ve been hurt or let down or disappointed, it is so easy to turn this inward on you and “consume”. As we think of how this makes me feel or how this hurts me or how angry it makes me, things start to spiral out of control. The more we make it about “me”, the deeper into the muck we sink. Thus, perhaps is a key reason, we have become a depressed society.
But turn it the other way, what if when your children hurt you and disappoint you or when the burden of this thing you must do to help a friend weighs on you — what if — what if instead of turning it inward, you LivedOUTWARD? What if instead of focusing on self, you instead focused on the child and what she needs. Yes, she disappointed you or made you mad but she needs you. She needs you to love her. Yes, the burden of meeting the need of a friend which takes away your night or your weekend can strain you but what if instead, you simply focused on what it is your friend truly needs rather than how this “puts you out”.
We have consumed, consumed and consumed and taken all we can and it leaves us empty with an even deeper void than before we started. These things make it hard to dream.
We’re talking about dreaming and the call to your most heroic self. We hear a lot the phrase, “If you can dream it, you can do it” and that’s simply not true. There are things I cannot do no matter how much I dream about them. But the converse is an undeniable truth – “If you don’t dream it, you’re not going to do it.” We need to dream. You need to dream. There is something out there just waiting for you to dream it up. Imagine. Create. Be able to see a world that does not exist and imagine a future yet to be created and see yourself as the person you have yet to become.
Your imagination is supposed to unleash you so can begin to pursue that life. To dream a dream that so compels you that it demands to become your life.
What is that for you?
Or, do you find all of this seemingly impossible? Do you sit and think, “Man, I’ve got so much junk in my life and I am just so barely hanging on that all this dreaming stuff is sort of like, ‘yeah, whatever'”
Then let me remind you of Jeremiah and his words of each of us being “A dream in the mind of God before you took your first breath.” You, my friend, are a work of art…a Masterpiece. You have gifts, talents, skills and abilities breathed into you by the Mighty Lord as He dreamed you up into existence.
Who are you going to believe? The enemy who whispers in your ear, “It’s too late, you’ve got too much baggage” or, the Master of the Universe who dreamed you up as a work of art and gave His son as a ransom on your behalf?
You need to dream. You need to sit back and let God speak into your soul. He can dream far bigger than you ever imagined. You need to be still, attach to the Vine and let Him feed your soul and then see what dreams He has for you.