Glen Gerryn 31st January 2016 ()Glen Gerreyn, January 31, 2016
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Power of A Dream. Glen's dream by the year 2020, see an end to teen suicide, depression, eating disorders, underachievement, fatherlessness. Our dreams have become so weak and aneamic that they don't motivate us.
Hab 2:1,2. I will climb to my watchtower ... there I will watch to see what he will say to me. Every visionary has to have some deep issue that they want to solve. "write the vision and make it plain, so they can run with it". The problem today is lack of vision - if you don't know where you are going, how are you going to get there?
Number 1 question asked by young people. "I want to do X, but my parents want me to do Y". How do you prove that you can do X, if you don't believe in your dream. You have to provde you are dedicated. Once you prove that, people will get behind you. Children are like arrows, but they are aimless unless they are pointed somewhere.
Article - what's your vision for your child? Paradox of choice - some choice is good, too much choice is bad. Story of picking jeans. Fear of making the wrong choice paralyses us, so we make no choice at all. It's easier to steer a car when it's moving - so get moving! If you're stuck you won't get anywhere. If you move, you get momentum. The steps of the good man are ordered by the Lord. You step - He orders. You keep stepping, He keeps ordering.
Gen 37:5 "Joseph had a dream". Not just that he had a dream, but he believed in his dream. All of Josephs brothers had dreams, but they never spoke of them - but Joseph believed in this dream. Every dream has obstacles.
Four major challenges to the dream:
1. People. Two types of people who steal your dream: people that love you (family, parents, partner, best friends). Even Joseph's father didn't believe his dreams! "I don't want you to get your hopes up". Why do so many people give up on their dreams? Because they lost hope. "May the God of all hope fill you with hope...". Romans 15:13. If you fail, pick youself back up, dust yourself off, and try again. Never give up, never surrender. Given permission to fail, don't give permission to quit! Second type of people - people who don't love you. (people of facebook). If they comment, don't read the whole comment. Delete the post. Don't write back! Block this user. Don't let those people into the inner circle. Not everyone opinion matters. Silicon valley motto: Fail Early, Fail Often, Fail Forward. Learning to walk - got to keep trying. Why have you given yourself permission to fail? If you don't fall down, you don't learn how to get up. Facebook quote: move fast and break things. Failure isn't the worst thing to happen to you - boredom is! We become mediocre. Angry birds is 52nd attempt at a game - 51 failures before that. How many of us try to get a second failure?
2. Life. Life is unfair to everyone. Bad stuff happens to good people. Sometimes to your disadvantage, sometimes to your advantage. Sometimes how you were raised are not they ways they're supposed to be, but now you know better. You need to start to believe in yourself. Story of Peter in the storm, Jesus comes walking on water. Peter steps out on the water. At least he got out of the boat! We are so filled with doubts and fears. The culture of our world will try to hold you back, but God will bring you out. Jesus says "I am the door". Rocky quote. Don't keep repeating the same mistakes over and over. "You have to have more dreams than memories". There's a reason why the windscreen is bigger than the rearview mirror.
3. Time. Neslon Mandella 27 years with a dream. Delay is not denial. Just because it has been delayed it hasn't been denied. Story of long distance running - we have lots of good starters, but not a lot of good finishers. Having a destiny implies having a destination to reach. If you don't do it, who will, because no-one else can do it like you can do it! Success is not about how big the house/car is, but how big were you able to manifest the gifts God has given you.
4. You. Negativity. Laziness.
Motivation comes and goes. Not here to motivate, but here to get you committed.
Get a vision board.
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