Last night I stood by the casket of a member of my faith community and a friend and led a time of worship and thanksgiving to God for his life and contribution to all of us. It reminded me once again what scripture says, “So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.” (Psalm 90:12) He lived fully and gave himself as a neighbor and friend to many. Just think of how many smiles he gave away as a photographer. Jim was someone who dared to dream and would quickly invite you to do the same. He would tell you not to be stuck in the past but embrace what God is doing, embrace the present and future, and dare to dream God sized dreams.
Sometimes we hold ourselves back. God has given us a dream or has created a path for a miracle and a mission but we hold ourselves back. We never really achieve the possibilities because we don’t apply our faith to the challenges or opportunities ahead of us. As the weekend approaches make time to lift up grateful hearts in worship. Take time for Sabbath. What I mean by that is to take time to stop working and start worshipping. Dreams and visions do not come out of the hustle and bustle of life but out of Sabbath rest. Let God refuel you and energize your ability to dream big.
Like Jim, I want you to have the sense that, when your time on this planet is completed, you will know the truth of what scripture says in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”