What are your dreams? I’m not talking about the things that go through your head in your sleep. I’m talking about the things you dream about doing. The things you long to experience or feel an inner compulsion to pursue. Likely God gave you those dreams.
What do you dream of doing for God? Is it going to the mission field? Or maybe writing a book? How about just having the courage to talk about the Lord to the cashier at the grocery store or your neighbor?
God is the Giver of dreams. He is the one who puts in our hearts the desire to take risks for His glory.
But some of us have listened to the Border Bullies.
Who are the Border Bullies, you ask? Bruce Wilkinson wrote a book a few years back called “The Dream Giver.” It’s an allegory about seeking the Dream Giver and not being discouraged on the journey. Dreamer is on this journey and meets the Border Bullies along the way. While I don’t necessarily agree with everything Wilkinson writes, I liked the concept of Border Bullies. These are the people in your life, or the voices in your own head who try to discourage you from following your dream, the naysayers who say you are wasting your time or that you don’t have what it takes. They are the wet blanket of discouragement that dilutes your enthusiasm and makes you wonder if you can do anything at all for God.
But let’s look at what Paul says about how we should handle our border bullies.
Galatians 1:10 – “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”
We can choose to ignore the Border Bullies and choose to please God instead. We can stand firm on what God speaks to our hearts without fear of the bullies who have no real power. They’re always there to lie to us and keep us insecure and anxious about our choices and circumstances. Their goal is to steal, kill and destroy. That sounds just a little familiar doesn’t it? The Border Bullies are not just sources of discouragement. They are thieves and we already know that the Thief has been overpowered by the One who gives life!
We don’t need to be afraid to pursue the dreams God has given to us. He will be with us in the journey. He knows the path and he will help us get past the Border Bullies.
As we approach the beginning of a new year, why not revisit some of those dreams we’ve set aside? Maybe it’s time to take a risk and believe God is the Giver of dreams.