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    by Dale Krebbs

Date Posted: May 10, 2020

What do you dream of? What have you dreamed of? When we take time to think about it, all want their dreams to come true. Young or old, rich or poor, its universal. We all are born with an innate, mostly unexpressed longing for______fill in the blank. There is a Devine purpose for it all, as we shall see. And then we long for, or attempt to make, the dream come true. Sometimes they do. Often they do not - even after a lifetime of struggle. Sometimes partly, or almost. But not the perfect dream we started with.

Even if the dream "came true", maybe, just maybe, it would not be what the dream had promised. Most dreams, that seem to come true, do not yield the payoff that the dream seemed to promise. The book of Ecclesiastes has much to say about misguided dreams and goals: “Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities, says the Preacher. Vapor of vapors and futility of futilities! All is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and vainglory” - Ecclesiastes 1:2.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with many dreams. Depending upon the mindset, and the spirit of that which is dreamed of, wished for, or worked for, and the position of it on the scale of priorities. Eventually, wrongly pursued dreams for wrong ends will become a nightmare. We must understand, as Solomon said, the grandest dreams at best are very temporary.

Having a dream of accomplishments evolves hope. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with hope. The scriptures affirm that we are saved by hope. But there is hope, and there is Hope. In all dreams, and in all hope, there is a kind of agony of anticipation, that requires a patient endurance. "For in [this] hope we were saved. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees? But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure" - Romans 8:24-25.

Hope is akin to faith. As the Apostle declares, all hope - and dreams - are unseen, until they come true. Follow your dream. But - consider that for all that you might be required to do to achieve it, God will hold you accountable (Ecclesiastes 11:9; 12:14)). We all must stand before Him and give account (2 Corinthians 5:10).

All this being said, and being true, I suggest to you a “more excellent way.“.

There is another dream for your choosing today. It's goal is completely achievable. Actually, your success is absolutely guaranteed.This "dream" will come true. Any other goal that you could perhaps attain to, pales into insignificance by comparison. Other dreams can let you down. Let God’s Word tell you about it:

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing”- 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

A crown is conferred only on kings. God is offering you through Jesus Christ His Son, a crown! Those of the Apostle Paul’s day knew full well what a crown represented. God also offers this to you! In the Kingdom of God, there will be positions of responsibility and service with rewards so great that our minds cannot comprehend it now. But, more than anything else, all of this is encompassed by the wonderful reality that we will never have to die - that is, die eternally. That is the goal of all goals. That is the dream of all dreams. Why labor for things that do not profit in the long run? Notice Paul's reminder to the Corinthians:

"Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know you not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?" (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).

There is a cliché that many live by, and follow their dream by: “Aim high!”. But the dream achieved by aiming high has a ceiling that cannot be penetrated - the ceiling of this world and this temporary life span. When “aiming high”, why settle for the ceiling of a short seventy years, more or less. Why not aim at the infinite. In dreaming, why not dream really big - dream the dream of dreams. A dream that is guaranteed to come true. The dream that will not be dashed by being awakened into the drab world of reality.

When we only dream the dream of things of this world, we are apt to eventually end it all with a reality described by this short poem:

“Wasted time;
Wasted years;

Wasted life;
Wasted tears”

Don’t waist your only life.

Make your dream the dream of eternal life. Turn to Jesus Christ with all your heart, and surrender your life to Him. Unlike a dream that may or may not come true, eternal life will become a present reality that leads to an ever more wonderful reality. Don’t waste your dream time. Make it your reality - now and forever. Come to Him the best you know how right now - He will meet you there, where you are, with everything you need - forgiveness upon repentance, acceptance, strength, love, and the hope mentioned above that now can never disappoint.

"Aim High!”

“There is a serious and severe evil which I have seen under the sun: riches were kept by their owner to his hurt. But those riches are lost in a bad venture; and he becomes the father of a son, and there is nothing in his hand [with which to support the child]. As [the man] came forth from his mother's womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; and he will take away nothing for all his labor which he can carry in his hand. And this also is a serious and severe evil--that in all points as he came, so shall he go; and what gain has he who labors for the wind?” - Ecclesiastes 5 :13-16 (AmpBible)

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Biography Information:
Dale Krebbs served as an Elder, preaching, counseling, and conducting Bible studies for over 25 years in Texas, California, and Arizona. He is now retired, lives in Arizona, and continues the study and research of Gods Word.
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