The very nature of dreams declares life will be better. God did not make dreams a smoke in mirrors alley of grand disillusionment. He did not pull off a pump-fake. The nature of dreaming sees a better life. The Gospel resurrects dreams.
“For God did did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” ~ John 3:17
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” ~ John 10:10
God wants us to live. We die. (How encouraging, eh?) This leads to three options: focus, apathy or foolishness. God chooses life, He gives life, and He redeems life. God designs life as a thing of beauty. Death is unnatural. Mortality is founded on death. Dreams are founded on eternity. If you lose eternity, you’re left with only apathy and foolishness. God did not intend for us to live in the tyranny of a stoic life, nor does He choose foolishness. Life is a gift. God wants us to live.
Only God grants liberty. Depravity enslaves us. Pure and simple. You and I cannot live up to our own moral code, nor another’s. Left to ourselves, we are hopelessly depraved. The Gospel resurrects our dreams. No Gospel, no dreams. Jesus rising from the grave beat down death. In Christ we obtain eternity and mortality becomes a temporary gig. To have liberty one must lose sin. That is the Gospel. Death to life. Sin to just. Slave to liberty. In Christ we are free.
Pursuit of happiness
Open up and embrace your life. If we take God out of the picture, life is incomprehensible. (A big dreary point of Ecclesiastes.) If we focus our dreams on being, vs doing or possessing, dreams will happen. Contentment, humility, compassion, love, mercy, peace and grace are independent of our situation. Being these things creates an eternal impact. It is why a person can have everything in the world and be empty if they lack these things. Jesus did not come to place a burden on us. He came to set us free that we may embrace what life is all about.
Pursuing God is pursuing happiness. Want to be a dreamer? Focus less about what your dream will look like and focus on God. Pick a direction and run after it. Know full well that God will alter your course like He bends and forms a river. The danger is not losing your dream. The danger is not going after it. In “losing” your dream you’ll find it do be a wild bend in the river or death-defying rapids. Even when your raft is upturned and you’re in hypothermic inducing water, you can look back and laugh. Dance with the current.
The Bottom Line:
God raises dreams from the dead. The Gospel makes dreams possible. Embracing the Gospel is not a tyrannical stoicism, nor a foolish escape hatch. Embracing the Gospel allows us to live a focused life that cherishes life as a gift. liberty founded only upon Christ, and a wild pursuit of happiness. The adventure is not in running from God, but to Him. Jesus rose from the dead. If that does not give you hope nothing will. Reflect on this thought:
“There is nothing better for a man than to eat, drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him?” ~ Ecclesiastes 2:24-25