My husband and I are hooked on a History Channel show called ALONE. Alone is a hard-core survivalist show with 10 contestants, both men and women who compete to live in the wilds of uninhabited Canada by themselves. The final competitor wins a half million dollars for their efforts, which include living off the land with no creature comforts. They must sustain themselves for as long as necessary eating only what they can forage, catch and kill. They must build their own shelter and survive extreme weather conditions through late fall and winter until they are the last contestant.
Did I mention they do this in complete isolation? Hence, the name of the show … Alone. What blows my mind is that these competitors LOVE the idea of being on this show. Many state they are living their dream as they live off the land and commune with nature. To me – this entire scenario would be my worst nightmare rather than a dream!
A friend of mine was recently describing the “new dream job of a lifetime” that she starts this month. She is going to be a reading specialist for children in grades K-8. What my friend has always dreamed of gives me a headache just thinking about it!
Another friend recently bought her “dream car.” Someone else is planning a “dream vacation” to Europe, while yet still another just bought her “dream house.”
Our dreams are as individual as those who dare to dream.
I’ve noticed as I get older, I’ve exchanged my dreams for acquiring material things (job, house, car or relationships) for things that have an eternal potential.
In truth, there is absolutely no earthly THING that compares to the single, most burning dream in my heart. I have a couple of wayward children and a grandchild who have either walked away from God and the church or who have never known Jesus as Lord.
My dream is for them all to know Jesus, love Jesus, serve Jesus and be all in for Jesus so that we will all be together in eternity. The alternative is the stuff that my most fearful nightmares are made of.
A car is merely a vehicle that gets me from here to there, so I don’t waste my dreams on that.
A dream vacation, while nice to fantasize about, would offer a temporary reprieve from the rigors of daily life, but eventually you have to go home.
A dream house or dream job would simply be another thing that would occupy my time and eventually wear me out. But the dream of knowing that my children and grandchildren are destined to live with me in Heaven for all of eternity because they KNOW Jesus … now that is something I will never stop praying for and dreaming of until Jesus calls me home!
Everybody has a dream. What is your dream?
“There is an antidote to our fears – trust. If we trust God more, we can fear less. What a comforting promise.” Max Lucado, Imagine Your Life Without Fear
Blessings in Christ,